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United Airlines is an American major airline company, specializing in air transportation. It has its headquarters at Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded on May 6th, 1926 by John D. Hertz under the name of "Varney Speed Lines" with the main purpose of serving businessmen who needed to travel between cities faster than rail.
The business idea became popular and Varney Speed Lines started introducing planes in 1927. During that time the founder decided to change the name for his airline service to "United Aircraft and Transport Corporation", although their official name remained until 1934 when they adopted the name United Air Lines (UAL). UAL's network continued expanding across USA throughout 30s and 40s even reaching Canada by 1948 -the year the company's airlines carried 1.3 million passengers.
United Airlines has been in business for over 80 years, dealing with millions of customers every year who are looking to travel by plane through UAL's services. In 1970s United Airlines partnered with Western Airlines, creating a strong partnership until Western was incorporated into Delta Air Lines in 1987 by their merger with North West Airlines. Nowadays United is known as one of the world's largest airline companies, operating over 6500 flights per day across 756 destinations all over the world -including Europe and Asia- being also part of StarAlliance yearly events that gather thousands of people within its designated venues.