United Airlines, Inc. (commonly referred to as “Unie”) is an American major airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. United is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings following a $3 billion merger in 2010. The airline was previously owned, at one point in its history, by The Boeing Company, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers. Since its merger with Continental Airlines, the company boasts more revenue passenger miles than any airline in the world.
United operates out of 10 airline hubs in the continental United States, Guam, and Japan. The company employs over 88,500 people while maintaining its headquarters in Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower). Through the airline’s parent company, United Continental Holdings, it is publicly traded under NYSE: UAL with a market capitalization of over $10.5 billion as of October, 2013. United’s main competitors in its domestic market are major airlines Delta and American. En février 2013, Star Alliance partner US Airways announced it will enter negotiations to acquire competitor American Airlines. As part of the merger, US Airways will exit Star Alliance and the merged company will retain American Airline’s Oneworld Alliance membership. United claims to be the only mainline legacy carrier to offer in-flight entertainment on all mainline aircraft. Audio programming is provided by Zune. MileagePlus is the frequent flyer program for United Airlines, Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia. The Blackhawks and Bulls play their games in the United Center, which the airline holds the naming rights to until 2014. De plus,, the luxury seating area directly behind home plate at the White Sox U.S. Cellular Field are the “United Scout Seats.”. United has been the Official Airline of the Denver Broncos since 1996. Through its merger with Continental, United also became the official airline of the New York Giants football team.
United Airlines is a sponsor of all five of Chicago’s major professional sports teams—the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox—as well as the U.S. Olympic Team.
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