We’re turning 90 years young this month, and there’s never been a more exciting time to fly United. From our first voyage in the Swallow back in 1926, to employing the industry’s first female flight attendant, Ellen Church, to being the North American launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to whatever first is around the corner, we are committed to doing what it takes so you have a great and memorable journey on United. And we’re just getting started.
In honor of our milestone birthday, I want to share with you 90 presents that we can’t wait to share with you and our employees this year.
We are taking delivery of 21 new mainline aircraft this year, including 737 NGs, 787s, and 777s. At the end of 2015 our aircraft order book had 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2016 and continuing into the next several years. These new aircraft not only create a more reliable and efficient fleet but also provide a better experience while you’re in the air. And what’s a shiny new aircraft without a fantastic place to go? This year, we will begin or have already begun flying 12 new routes, including the longest 787 flight operated by any airline between San Francisco and Singapore. While on that longest flight, you’ll be able to binge watch 12 episodes of original HBO programming on your seatback screen or personal device.
We’re also renovating 13 United Clubs throughout our network, and this summer we’ll be offering you illycaffè’s scuro dark roast coffee on board. With that, there will be 2 ways you can enjoy a cup of illy—in flight and in our domestic United Clubs.
All of this adds up to 90 great gifts for you and our employees, but this is just the beginning. Our goal to become the best airline in the world pushes us to constantly evolve and innovate. We promise to always challenge ourselves to go faster, grow stronger, and soar higher.
Thank you for being a part of our history and, most importantly, our future.
President and CEO, United Airlines