Because it would be a werid name for an air line if united really means united
STEPHEN: No, it's from the merger of different airlines to become "united" Airlines.
In 1927, aviation pioneer William Boeing founded his airline Boeing Air Transport to operate the San Francisco to Chicago air mail route. In 1929, Boeing merged his company with Pratt & Whitney to form the United Aircraft and Transport Corporation (UATC) which then set about buying, in the space of just 28 months, Pacific Air Transport, Stout Air Services, Varney Air Lines and National Air Transport, as well as numerous equipment manufacturers at the same time.
After passage of the Air Mail Act in 1934, UATC separated into United Aircraft (the future United Technologies), the Boeing Airplane Company and United Air Lines. As of this date, through purchases and mergers, United Airlines has absorbed more than 20 separate and independent airlines under the United logo.
What will be the name when American, Delta and United merge? –
Eventually it will happen –
Next air carrier to be swallowed is Alaska Airlines…
Then they will be able to charge ANY fare – a monopoly –
And pay flight crews even less –
And become the worst airline in the world, worse than Air Koryo –
May Southwest still be there, to operate JFK to London…!
Or Paris and Tokyo…
No it has nothing to do with the name of the country it is based in.
But I am gob-smacked as to why you find "United" to be a "weird name for an airline"????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is weird about it?
"United" is a very very common name for businesses in many fields. Often-times it comes about after the merger of two or more smaller companies, hence they are now "united". In my city, we have United Taxis, United Fisheries, United Video, plus heaps more. Nothing at all "weird" about it.