United Airlines - Statistics & Facts

United Airlines is a major American airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded initially as a mail service carrier airline with the name of Varney Air Lines in 1926, United has since grown to becoming the third leading airline worldwide.

In 2019, United Airlines had the fourth highest domestic market share among U.S. airlines, accounting for roughly 15 percent of the market. Its main competitors are Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. United currently operates out of nine airline hubs with main hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark and San Francisco. The others are located in Guam, Los Angeles, Tokyo, as well as in Washington, D.C. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is United’s largest hub with over 10.6 million passengers constituting the amount of recorded passenger traffic in 2019.

In the fiscal year of 2019, the number of passengers boarded by United Airlines amounted to more than 162.4 million revenue passengers. United generated over one billion U.S. dollars in revenue from passenger baggage fees in that year. The airline's parent company, United Continental Holdings, reported operating revenue of over 4.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2019 and the company is a founding member of the world's largest airline alliance, Star Alliance.

United Airline’s regional service is currently operated by independent carriers under the brand name United Express. United Airlines has continued to be among the list of favorite airlines among United States travelers.

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