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Background: The Airline Deregulation Act took effect of December 1, 1978. The main purpose of the Act was to remove government control from commercial aviation and expose the passenger airline industry to market forces. This Act changed the face of civil aviation in the US. Air Mail would continue to be carried by Air Carriers but the old system of CAM and FAM routes would evolve into Air Mail flown by individual US airlines to both domestic and foreign destinations.

United Airlines began on July 1, 1931 as the holding company of four air carriers, Boeing Air Transport (CAM-18), Varney Air Lines (CAM-5), Pacific Air Transport (CAM-8) and National Air Transport (CAM-17). Each of these contributing airlines flew different types of aircraft when taken over by United. After consolidation, United Air Lines introduced the twin engine Boeing 247 to initially fly some of its mail routes.

        The Boeing 247 was the first low-winged, all-metal, twin-engined, autopilot, retractable landing gear air transport flown on scheduled airlines. Its speed, comfort and safety created excitement and was quickly accepted by the public, making all other transports immediately obsolete. The 247 made its first flight on February 8, 1933 and made its inaugural first flight (UAL) between Portland OR and Salt Lake City UT on April 12, 1933. UAL was awarded AM-57 and on May 12, 1941 began flight service between Seatle WA and Vancouver Canada.

        After the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 United Airlines maintained its headquarters at Chicago IL, a major maintenance facility at San Francisco CA and its flight training center at Denver CO.

Boeing 727

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