What is United Airlines?


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United Airlines is a major airline company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. In terms of destinations served, it is the largest airline in the world, with the most comprehensive route network of any airline.

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In total, United Airlines flies to 362 destinations around the world, including major airports in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, with 58 destination countries in all. The hub cities of United Airlines include Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Los Angeles International Airport in the United States and Narita Airport in Tokyo. United Airlines has 4,734 daily departures, and it had 138 million passengers in 2014. The company employs 84,000 people around the world. Its total fleet includes 691 aircrafts.

United Airlines' frequent flyer program, called MileagePlus, is partnered with many credit card, travel and retail partners. In 2013, the company became also the first U.S. airline to offer satellite Wi-Fi on its flights, including overseas flights. It also features more live TV access than any other airline, offering DIRECTV on over 200 aircraft. Also in 2013, Business Traveler magazine named United Airlines the best airline for North American travel. United Airlines has member clubs in over 31 airports around the world.

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