FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4004 posts, RR: 6 Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 21858 times:
I thought this deserved a topic of it's own...UA celebrates it's 85th birthday today! A heads up to those travelling through ORD this afternoon, the A320 retro jet is due to be unveiled at a gate event at gate B7 around 1:30pm central time.
Congrats to all the employees who have gotten UA this far! Here's to many more...
kgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 3650 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 21231 times:
Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter): I thought this deserved a topic of it's own...UA celebrates it's 85th birthday today! A heads up to those travelling through ORD this afternoon, the A320 retro jet is due to be unveiled at a gate event at gate B7 around 1:30pm central time.
Bummer. I'm on 005 tickets for the next six weeks.
I hope it's my favorite livery ("Mainliner" in navy blue)
commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10190 posts, RR: 62 Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 20724 times:
United has an impressive legacy, and has substantially shaped the history and evolution of the U.S. (and I would say even global) airline industry.
That legacy is only rivaled by perhaps a handful of other airlines that are still in existence today.
Perhaps that is the most impressive legacy of all about United, and a few others of similar age - their longevity. In one form or another, these brands have survived all the tumultuous ups and downs in this industry both before and after deregulation. Wow. And not to mention, once they get their integration of Continental sorted out, this is going to be a powerhouse of an airilne with - as I've often contended - arguably the most impressive global network of any U.S. carrier ever assembled in history.
I think that sometimes, in getting caught up in the interesting and intriguing discussions of the industry as it exists today, we sometimes fail to appreciate how much all of us in any way connected with this business - as passengers, employees, enthusiasts - owe to the pioneering airlines that effectively created the airline industry we now have.
There aren't a whole lot of those pioneering airlines left in the U.S. - United, American, Delta, and a few others - but their impact and legacy loom so large over the industry that sometimes it is truly impossible to seperate them from the larger market in which they operate (a market, that is, that they effectively helped create).