Founded on Tuesday, April 6, 1926, United Airlines has existed for 90 years — and to celebrate this milestone, you have the chance to be one of 90 winners of 90,000 MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles simply by taking a few seconds of your time to enter this sweepstakes before it ends at 11:59:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, April 25, 2016.
Your Chance to Be One of 90 Winners of 90,000 MileagePlus Miles
This sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry — except for residents of Alabama or Nebraska, where the minimum age to participate in this sweepstakes is 19 years. There is a limit of one entry per person; and no purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter the sweepstakes, as a purchase will not increase your chances of becoming a winner.
The approximate retail value of 90,000 MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles is $1,000.00. The 90 winners are expected to be selected from a random drawing on or about Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
Other terms and conditions of the sweepstakes apply in the official rules.
Brief History of 90 Years of United Airlines
This official press release starts off with the following paragraph: “When a Swallow aircraft took off from Pasco, Washington, on an airmail route bound for Boise, Idaho, on April 6, 1926, it marked the beginning of 90 years of aviation firsts for United Airlines. 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.”
That first flight was operated by Varney Air Lines, which was founded by Walter T. Varney. In 1934, Varney also founded Varney Speed Lines, which would eventually become Continental Airlines. Today, both airlines are coincidentally now one airline as a result of the merger approved by the Department of Justice of the United States back in 2010.
Click here for additional articles, stories, photographs and videos highlighting the history of United Airlines — but in the meantime, United Airlines and the family of airlines that it represents has been at the forefront of innovation in the airline industry for the last 90 years. From the aforementioned press release, some of these innovative firsts include:
- Creating the first flight kitchen in commercial aviation in 1936. The first meal served was a choice of fried chicken or scrambled eggs. Today, United serves greater than 50 million meals per year.
- Instituting the first progressive maintenance program in the industry which dramatically improved efficiency. Today, United has 12,500 technical operations employees located at greater than 60 stations around the world.
- Introducing live television to the airline industry in the 1960s. In the inflight lounge of the Boeing 707 aircraft, passengers could sit together and briefly watch live television while flying over major metropolitan areas. Now, United has 216 aircraft with live television; offers the largest selection of free streaming content among carriers based in the United States; and operates nearly 700 aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi, creating the largest satellite Wi-Fi fleet in the world.
- The first airline based in the United States to order jetliners; introduced the Boeing 777 airplane; and was the North American launch customer for the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft.
- The first airline to fly to all 50 states in the United States; launched first-ever nonstop service between the United States and Chengdu, China; and was the first airline based in the United States to serve Israel from the West Coast with service between San Francisco and Tel Aviv.
- United Airlines recently made history by becoming the first airline based in the United States to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights.
This sweepstakes is a nice and simple way to help 90 members of the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program to celebrate 90 years of the existence of United Airlines which — other than only a few seconds of your time — costs you nothing in order to participate; and you have nothing to lose by entering.
Happy 90th anniversary, United Airlines; and here is to the next 90 years.
Source: United Airlines.