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Boeing 747SP - United Airlines

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Boeing 747SP - United Airlines

From 1986 United Airlines used eleven ex-Pan Am Boeing 747SP aircraft on long-haul flights for a couple of years. The aircraft on the picture is seen at London Heathrow.

The airline started life as United Air Lines Inc. of Chicago on July 1st 1931 as the holding company of four older US airlines: Boeing Air Transport, National Air Transport, Pacific Air Transport and Varney Air Lines. The main activity of these airlines was carrying mail for the US Post Office. The first new type operated by the united airline was the Boeing 247, introduced in 1933 on the route between San Francisco and New York.

Today United Airlines is among the biggest airlines in the world and it is a major operator of widebody airliners. The fleet includes Boeing 747s, 767s and 777s. United also flew the DC-10.

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