IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, UNITED AIRLINES HAS LOST ITS STATUS as the world's largest airline, survived a three-year bankruptcy restructuring, billions of dollars in losses and having its aircraft used to perpetrate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For one of the oldest and most recognized names in the global air transport business, fancy new product offerings, shiny next-generation aircraft and expansion are not on the radar screen. More than 70 years after its founding as an airmail carrier, ...

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