UAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
United actually became the world's largest carrier after they acquired Capital Air Lines in 1961. They were solely domestic, and the Pan Am acquisition in the 80s gave them the Pacific, Atlantic routes.
ORD From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
United became the largest airline in the FREE WORLD after acquiring Capital in 1961. Aeroflot was the world's largest airline with a fleet that numbered almost 1,000 aircraft. Then, when Aeroflot fell apart, United became the world's largest.
However, there were a few years in the early 1990s when American actually surpassed United. But that was short-lived and American fell back to second largest when the San Jose, Nashville and Raleigh hubs were dismantled.