United Air Lines, Inc., operating as United Airlines, is a major U.S. airline owned by United Continental Holdings (originally UAL Corporation), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It is currently the world’s largest airline by number of destinations and scheduled passenger-kilometers flown. United provides service to all continents except Antarctica. The airline was founded in 1926 as Varney Air Lines; it was renamed Boeing Air Transport in 1927 after it was acquired by aircraft manufacturer Boeing. United became an independent company in 1934, and merged with Capital Airlines in 1961. In 2011, it merged with Continental Airlines, replacing its own tulip logo with Continental’s globe logo and its aircraft livery.
United is a founding member of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world, and offers connections to over 1,000 destinations in over 170 countries worldwide. United’s largest hub is George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The airline’s regional service is United Express. As of October 2012, United employs 88,253 people, and is headed by Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Smisek.
United operates a fleet of 705 primarily Boeing aircraft, consisting of narrow body Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737 Next Generation, and Boeing 757 aircraft as well as wide body Boeing 747, Boeing 767, 777, and 787 aircraft. It has single-aisle Boeing 737 Next Generation and 737 MAX aircraft, as well as the wide body Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
United successfully began nonstop flight between Denver International Airport and Narita International Airport June 10, 2013 using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. United Airlines is offering more flights and more seats from the Mile High City to more destinations around the world than any other carrier. They offer more than 375 flights each day from Denver International Airport to more than 10 destinations in Latin America, Canada and Asia – as well as service to top business centers in North America.
Japan America Society of Colorado is grateful to United Airlines for their generous support of our community programming! When booking your flight to Japan, please use this United nonstop flight to ensure it’s long-term success, which will benefit the entire Rocky Mountain Region.