About United Airlines
United Airlines is one of the largest commercial passenger airlines in the world. The United States-based company is a subsidiary of UAL Corporation and is headquartered in Chicago.
The company that is claimed as the origins of United Airlines, Varney Airlines, was founded in 1926 in Boise, Idaho. The original hangar was still in use as part of the Boise Airport’s terminal facilities until 2003. Varney Airlines was shortly bought out by Boeing Air Transport. Eventually the name of the corporation was changed United Aircraft and Transport Corp. After a major scandal in 1930, Congress eventually passed the Air Mail Act of 1934, which forced the company to be spun off into three smaller companies. The parts supplier became United Technologies, the manufacturer became Boeing Airplane Company, and the remainder became United Airlines.
Originally, United and its earlier predecessors concentrated on airmail contracts from the government. Eventually, planes became large enough to accommodate passengers as well. United hired a registered nurse to act as the very first flight attendant.
History of United
United also has the dubious distinction of being the first target of terrorism or sabotage against an airline. In 1933, a bomb destroyed one of the air carriers, killing all seven people on board. No one was ever convicted of the crime, and to this day, no motive has been established.
In the wake of the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act, United began suffering losses and significant labor unrest. In 1985, United purchased the entire Pacific division of Pan American Airways, which allowed it to aggressively expand into international flights. That same year, however, was the disastrous pilot strike, which lasted a month and likely led to the ouster of then-CEO Richard Ferris.
The common stock is currently listed on the NASDAQ and trades under the ticker symbol UAUA. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2002. After a number of delays due to jet fuel prices, the SARS epidemic, and lack of competitiveness, United finally emerged from bankruptcy in 2006.
Promotional Discounts, Coupon Codes, and Deals on United Airlines
United Airlines coupons, promotional airfares, and specials can be found at the company’s website under “special deals” at the top of the page. Additionally, the airline offers a search engine that allows customers to find special fares for any given point of origination. For instance, a passenger looking for bargain domestic flights flying out of Raleigh/Durham could enter that airport from a drop-down box and see all available specials from that point of departure. Online customers also have the option of specifying same-day return specials or domestic specials for the following week. There is even an option to exclusively search for deals to Hawaii from any given point of origination.