United Airlines is currently the second largest commercial carrier in terms of passenger traffic, destinations offered and fleet size. Once its upcoming merger with Continental is complete, it will surpass Delta Airlines to become the largest in the world. The flight provider is based out of Chicago, with its largest hub operating out of O'Hare International Airport.
The carrier has more than 200 destinations in its global network spanning six continents, with a fleet size of 360 aircraft. United recently ordered 50 new Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliners to add to its expanding fleet. In partnership with the numerous airlines of Star Alliance, which was co-founded by United, the carrier is able to offer its customers more than 1,000 destinations in approximately 170 locations.
On all United flights, passengers can enjoy in-flight entertainment from Zune audio and NBC. For customers with United First airline tickets, there is a special ticket counter available to help speed up the boarding process. The airline prides itself on its first class offerings, which include pre-flight beverage service, table linens, and for international routes, a five-course meal, seat-back television screen, access to satellite phones, noise-canceling headsets, laptop and iPod connectivity, on-demand entertainment and much more.
Domestic first class customers will receive premium service and will be provided with free food and beverage, as well as a personal television screen offering a selection of TV shows, games and movies.
Business class flights are offered internationally, as well as on select domestic routes. Passengers can enjoy seat-back entertainment screens, table linens and a three-course meal, as well as priority boarding and baggage handling. United Business suites feature reclining beds, as well as laptop power ports and multiple entertainment options. Domestic flights will receive the same amenities, but with a one-course meal.
United Economy class airfares are available for all international and domestic services. On international flights, passengers have a five-inch personal TV with nine channels and multiple films to choose from, free food, cocktails available for purchase and more.
On domestic economy class flights, United offers its passengers the same amenities, however, meal options vary. Customers on flights between three and five hours long may purchase a snackbox, and sandwiches and salads are available at a cost on longer flights. Non-alcoholic beverages are always complimentary.
United Airlines also offers its Mileage Plus program to frequent fliers and its members can build and redeem points on any airline affiliated with the Star Alliance.