ual763 wrote:Growing up in central Illinois, O'hare was always the airport my family and I would fly out of on our annual Florida vacation. My very first flight was on a United 727 from ORD-RSW. We flew American every now and then, and also Delta a few times as well, but United was what we flew on most of the time. My Dad always took me to the Museum of Science and Industry in a Chicago as well. They have a United 727 in the museum, so United has really always been visible and present in my life. United really just reminds me of my childhood and is what I grew up with.
As a history buff, I have always been fascinated by the history of United as well. The fact that Boeing was one of the original founders of United has always intrigued me. Boeing, United, Pratt & Whitney, and other prominent aviation companies, all used to be essentially one at a certain point in time. The relationship between all of them fascinates me. Also, United practically spearheaded the 777 program.
As a pilot, United has always fascinated me with their fleet types and destinations (really important to me, as I also love to travel). They've pretty much operated all of my favorite aircraft (with the exception of the Maddog). As far as destinations, I am part Norwegian. After the Continental merger, they were the only US airline that flew to Norway. This was very important to me. But also, the opportunity to live in Guam and operate mainline 737s into remote atolls fascinates me as well. Being from Illinois and now living near IAD, I also love their hub structure as well (EWR-ORD-DEN-SFO has always been very iconic to me, as these hubs formed the "main line" routes from the earliest days of United)
But, the main reason I love them would still have to be the memories of my childhood.
I'd be very interested in hearing from others about their airline of choice. And @JumboJet, you in particular I'd like to hear from. You seem to love Delta more than anyone else I know, and quite frankly it puts my love for a United to shame. What started it all?
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