ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7 Posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4228 times:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
April 6th is a very special day for avaition and the airline industry because it is United's 75th anniversary.
In the past 75 years United Airlines has made a lot of history. We've had our good times, and our bad times. And yet, the planes with the "U"s on the tails are still flying.
I would like to take a few moments to look back on the history of United Airlines:
United Airlines was born in the early 1920's. They formed from Varney Airlines, National Air Transport and Boeing Air Transport.
In 1926, Walter Varney, and his airline Varney Airlines were transporting the mail...and the occasional passenger. They were flying an open cockpit biplane over mountainous, snow covered terrain from Pasco Washington to Boise, and Elko.
In September of 1927, Natational Air Transport, and Boeing Air transport began the first transcontinental service for paying passengers.
In 1931, Varney, Boeing Air Transport, National Air Transport, and Pacific Air Transport formed to become United Airlines.
United Airlines had many firsts during its 75 year history. Boeing Air Transport, hired nurses to be stewardesses.
In 1936, United opened the first flight kitchen making hte first airline meals for passengers. Early meals included scrambled eggs, and fried chicken.
January 1st, 1941: UA established the first employee pension program
June 1st, 1954: United launched the first non-stop transcontinental flight.
October 1955: United was the first U.S. carrier to order the DC-8 jet.
April 28th, 1968: United launched the industry's first 737 service.
June 7th, 1995: United launched the 777.
March 5th, 1999: United was the first U.S. carrier with a flat bed for first class passengers.
July 30th, 1999: United was the first U.S. airline to have domestic partner benifets.
United Airlines has come a long way since the early days of flying. In 1930, passengers flying coast to coast could expect a journey of 2 and a half days with 15 stops along the way. Now, they can do it in less than 6 hours.
Passengers nowadays enjoy their own personal television screen, on most widebody planes, as well as in-seat phones.
Before 1983, United Airlines was a domestic carrier...well almost. They did serve Canada and Mexico, but no ocean crossings. They focused on building a strong domestic network. In 1983, United was granted the rights on SEA-NRT flights. In 1985, United agreeded to purchase Pan Am's pacific routes, making United a true international carrier. In 1986, they began serivice to 13 pacific cities.
United began to expand internationaly. In 1989, they bough some Pan Am europe flights, and in 1991, they bought some Pan Am Latin America flights. These purchases made Untied Airlines a true international carrier.
In 1997, United Airlines, and four other carriers bagan what is now the largest airline alliance in the world, Star Alliance.
Just a few days ago, United re-started its around the world flight serving IAD-LHR-DEL-HKG-LAX.
United Airlines has a record keeping safety at the top of the list. In the early days, United was working to help create ground to plane radio. In 1954, United was the first carrier to begin using electronic cockpit simulators for there pilot training.
United helped develop the first weater mapping radar in the early 1950's, and was the first to install it in to the fleet by 1955. This allowed United to land DC-8's at airports with as little as a 100 foot ceiling, and quarter mile visability.
In the past decade, United helped Boeing develop the 777.
In 1948, United Airlines opened its maintence base in SFO. It was the most advanced facility of this kind. I n 1994, United Airlines opened up its maintence base in IND. With 35 flight simulators, Denver training center is the pargest of its kind. United even trains pilots from other airlines. United Airlines also trains the pilots of Air Force One.
Upon acquiring Capital Airlines in 1961, United became the largest comercial airline. Now United is trying to keep up the United tradition with the purchase of US Airways.
"Fly the Friendly Skies" was the most famous advertising slogans introduced in 1965.
United Airlines has been featured in many major motion pictures. Titles include "Home Alone," "Sleepless in Seattle," "My Best Friends Wedding," and "The Thomas Crown Affair."
United Airlines is the offical carrier of the National Football League.
United Airlines has also had its fair share of downs. From the Sioux City DC-10 crash to the Summer from Hell, United has pulled through.
Currently, United is the largest Airbus operator in the United States, and the largest 777 operator in the world. The gray planes with the "U" on the tail can be seen and recognized from a distance. With hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and Miami, United has a very excusive route network widly imitated, but never matched. With the fleet of A319s, A320s, 737s, 747s, 757s, 767s, and 777s, United is there, moving person after person, and linking the world with Star Alliance. Lets hope for another 75 years of "U N I T E D"
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4107 times:
Wow.. great job. I've always been impressed with the sheer size of United. Sooo many big planes. Simplistic, I know, but that's what it comes down to sometimes! And now with US Airways, wow.. much much bigger. All the best to UAL!
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4062 times:
Nice post, David!
You might want to consider making an article submission on these lines. If anyone is qualified to give a history of United, it's you! Just as a suggestion, I would try to integrate the photos within the text to better illustrate your essay, rather than placing them all at the end. Again, just a suggestion.
NY-JFK-LGA From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 374 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4058 times:
It was well written and everything. For me not being a large UA fan, I must say its very good. UA is a good airline, I just never liked them. Its mostly a love to hate thing. They are one of many majors, of course the biggest in some terms. But, what would the world of airlines & airliners be without good ol' competition eh? By the way, if you all wanted to know, I'm strictly a Delta, JetBlue, Continental & extremely close to being an NW person too. The majority is flat out Delta though. Since I'll most likely be employed by NW, I'll also end up being a loyal fan of them too like Delta. But for now, Delta Air Lines, is my airline.
Flyboydc From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4011 times:
In your list of movies, you forgot to mention United's prominent placement in the classic 1967 film, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," starring Sidney Poitier, alongside Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.
The film opens up with with a prominent and long shot of a United DC-8, with the old while-body, blue stripe livery soaring across the screen, then landing at SFO. Later, and old 727 is shown blocking in.
(I'm sure there are other movies which feature United, but United's placement in the opening scene in so prominent, it simply must be mentioned!)