United Airlines celebrates 90 years of operations

CHICAGO, USA, April 6, 2016 - United Airlines was the first airline to offer scheduled service in the United States, taking to the air on April 6, 1926, operating a Swallow aircraft on a mail route from Pasco, Washington.

"On our 90th birthday, I couldn't be more proud of our rich heritage and the exciting future ahead of United. I want to thank our customers for your loyalty over the years, and we look forward to serving you for many more as we continue to elevate our customer experience today and into the future," said Oscar Munoz, president and CEO of United Airlines.

In addition, United has introduced many other firsts to the industry over the years. In 1936, it created the first flight kitchen, which offered passengers a choice of fried chicken or scrambled eggs. In-flight live television came in the 1960s, another industry first where live broadcasts were available to passengers in the airplane's lounge area when flying over major metropolitan areas.

United is also the first airline to fly to all 50 states, the first U.S. carrier to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first to offer non-stop service from the United States to Chengdu, China, and the first to link Israel to the West Coast of the United States.

Since then, United has connected more than 4 billion people to important business meetings, family events, new experiences and cultures, and, most importantly, each other.

-- Sara Macías