Американская авиакомпания «United Airlines» (Юнайтед Эйрлайнс)


11 апреля 2017 года компания оказалась в центре скандала, связанного с насильным снятием пассажира с рейса 3411, который отправлялся из Чикаго в Луисвилл вечером 9 апреля. Вследствие овербукинга места не хватило сотрудникам авиакомпании и потребовалось высадить четырёх пассажиров. Сначала им предлагали по 400 долларов компенсации, но никто не согласился. Потом случайным образом были выбраны четыре пассажира, и им уже полагалось по 800 долларов. Первые два пассажира покинули самолёт без проблем, но третьим оказался врач, и он отказался сходить с рейса, так как его ждали его пациенты. Прибывшие сотрудники в форме полиции выволокли его по полу силой и разбили лицо, чем вызвали ажиотаж в американских СМИ. Сразу после публикаций о происшествии в СМИ компания стала терять в стоимости своих акций. К концу торгового дня компания потеряла 682 миллиона долларов.

Day 1 – Johannesburg, Sandton

a view of a city from a distancePhoto by Edward Wynne on Unsplash

Accommodation Recommendation – Albatrossways

Sandton is considered a safe area with loads of entertainment. I’ve found a really great place to stay that is affordable. You can go even cheaper if you find a backpacker, but the cost saving is minimal. Albatrossways is quite close to all the hustle and bustle with great options for nearby restaurants, nightlife and adventure.

So we’ll start by dropping your bags off, maybe take a nap after your trip and then we’ll hit the town.

Attraction – Montecasino

If you’re looking for masses of entertainment all under 1 roof, you’ll love Montecasino. With opening hours 24/7, you’ll never run out of fun. It’s famous for its architecture, which is based on a Tuscan village and offers incredible dining, theatres, cinemas, nightclubs, bowling, gambling… well it’s got pretty much something for everyone. The best news is that it’s free entry.

Where to eat? – Huscar Grill

You’ll need to eat at some point. My favourite is the Hussar Grill, which has regular offers and at the time of writing this has an all-inclusive food and wine deal for 2. You might want to check out other deals here.

I’ve included an Uber in the cost given that you may be drinking

1 night for 2 at Albatrossways Lodge in Sandton: $26

Uber to Montecasino: $5

Dinner at the Hussar Gril including wine per couple: $21

Entertainment Estimate for 2: $20


Авиакомпания основана в 1926 году под названием «Boeing Air Transport». United Airlines была первой авиакомпанией, которая начала предлагать пассажирам коммерческих рейсов питание, для чего, также впервые в мире, ввела на своих самолётах должность стюардессы. Первой стюардессой была Эллен Черч.

Авиакомпания стала также первой в мире, самолёт которой стал жертвой террористического акта. 11 октября 1933 года принадлежащий компании Boeing 247 взорвался в воздухе и упал на территории штата Индиана. Погибли все 7 человек, находившиеся на борту. Расследованием установлено, что крушение стало результатом взрыва бомбы, находившейся в багаже самолёта. Причины и виновники инцидента выявлены не были.
11 сентября 2001 года террористами были захвачены 2 самолёта авиакомпании. Боинг 767 рейса 175 был направлен ими в южную башню Всемирного торгового центра (ВТЦ) , Боинг 757 рейса 93 потерпел катастрофу в Пенсильвании.

По состоянию на июль 2018 года в авиакомпании работало 86 000 человек, в пользовании у неё было 757 самолётов.

Before You Begin

Car Hire

While ride-sharing apps like Uber are available in major cities, they aren’t available in all areas. That’s why we recommend considering car hire for your travels.

For our itinerary, Avis has the flexibility of allowing you to pick a car up in Johannesburg and drop it off in Hoedspruit. Just be sure to let them know your plans when booking.

Car hire provides the freedom to explore at your own pace, stopping off at hidden gems along the way. You’ll need a valid driver’s license that is in English, together with your passport to be legally valid and some car hire organizations require an international driver’s license.

Just remember you will need to be confident to drive on the left-hand side of the road. If you’re not comfortable with that, I suggest you fly for the Kruger part of this itinerary because you can organize transport with the lodge and Uber everywhere else.

Day 3 – Kruger National Park

adult lion on grass fieldPhoto by Charl Durand on Unsplash

Kruger National Park

So this is where I want to tell you more about Kruger National Park. Kruger is one of the biggest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 20,000 km which is not far off the size of Wales in the UK. This is home to the big 5, 147 large mammals, 517 species of birds and all sorts of nature lovers’ paradise.


Breakfast at Kruger Adventure Lodge

Breakfast is included in the accommodation cost… Hooray! Since you’ll be going on safari, they’ll give you a packed breakfast. You have a long day ahead, so don’t forget to request a packed breakfast as you check in.

Dinner at Pioneers Grill

I loved the Pioneers Grill. It was great service and wonderful food. You can choose a massive amount of other options in the area, but you’ll need to drive because as a reminder, there isn’t much in the way of taxi services

Day 2 – Sudwala Caves, Mpumalanga


Sudwala Caves

As a bit of background and to add to the excitement, the Homo Habilus lived in these caves 1.4 million years ago and since we discovered them, we’ve stored weapons, hidden from enemies and even hosted concerts because of the amazing acoustics. They are truly beautiful and definitely on the list of what you need to see. These are the oldest caves known in the world!

Heads up – You’ll have choices as you enter to do the basic route or the longer one. If you have average fitness I strongly recommend doing the longer walk. The last chamber is like a fairy wonderland. It takes 30 minutes to complete the full tour.

Breakfast at Mugg & Bean

The trip to Sudwala is around 4 hours, so it’ll be worth grabbing a good breakfast before you leave. Mugg and Beran serve a mean eggs benedict.

Accommodation – Kruger Adventure Lodge

Once you’ve finished at the caves, you’ll take a drive towards Kruger National Park. The distance is just over 1 hour. Kruger adventure lodge is just a short drive to the gate of Kruger. You can find cheaper accommodation if you drive a bit further from the gate, but the extra money is worth it so that you’re close enough for the morning safari

I’ll tell you more about Kruger shortlyPetrol and tolls: $40

Day 2 Cost Breakdown

Breakfast for 2: $6

Lunch at Sudwala Caves for 2: $8

Dinner for 2 at Kruger Adventure Lodge: $18

Entrance for 2 to Sudwala Caves for 2: $11

Accommodation for 2 at Kruger Adventure Lodge: $37

Day 5 – Robben Island, Cape Town

penguins on rock near body of water during daytimePhoto by Mikell Darling on Unsplash

For those of you that love history, you’ll love Robben Island. It was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, with the most famous inmate being Nelson Mandela. The prison was closed in the late 90s, along with the apartheid regime.

The relics of the prison, hospital and chapel are strangely still home to nature with a conservation management plan that protects the natural species

Breakfast at Vovo Telo

Vovo Telo has become famous amongst the locals. Everything is fresh from the oven and as you walk in you can smell the pastries, bread, cakes and crumpets. You can choose from a massive range of hot or cold breakfasts

Lunch at Cooked

Cooked has made the list of restaurants because it has such a unique feel. Recipes here have been passed down for generations. You’ll have Mediterranean and middle eastern, which sounds like a strange combo, but it somehow works.

Dinner at The Waterside

The waterside is quite a famous spot. I love a bit of ocean-side dining! With beautiful views, the smell of sea and amazing food how can you go wrong

Day 5 Cost Breakdown for 2 people

Breakfast at Vovo Telo: $15

Lunch at Cooked: $13

Dinner at Waterside: $73

Robben Island Tour: $44

Accommodation at Point Break: $52

Day 4 – Cape Town

black rock formation on body of water during daytimePhoto by Janan Lagerwall on Unsplash

Cape Town is iconic for its views, table mountain, beaches and entertainment. Just as a bit of background – its South Africa’s oldest city and is South Africa’s 2nd largest city. I’ve made my suggestion for what you should see in a limited time, but you can easily make your own plans because there really is so much to see and do in Cape Town

Before we get started with the next leg of the journey, breakfast is included in your accommodation, so you’re all set

The trip to Cape Town is around 22 hours by road, so I have suggested a flight leaving Hoedspruit. You can leave your car at the airport and pick up a new one in Cape Town. You can get a cheaper flight if you stop at Johannesburg airport

Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

Well everyone needs a shopping day. Victoria Wharf has mountains of shops and restaurants. It’s the main shopping centre of the V&A waterfront, selling fashion, curios, jewellery and all sorts of other things.

Lunch – Cape Town Fish Market

Since you’re at the sea, it makes sense to visit what I believe might be the best place in the area for seafood. Cape Town Fish Market often referred to as CTFM offer Japanese and seafood cuisine. You can have classic fish and chips, sushi and everything in between. If you’re a wine lover you’ll enjoy the selection. They also offer both carnivore and vegetarian options. Accommodation – Point Break Apartment

These apartments are amazing. The studio apartment is just the right size to be comfortable. You can definitely find cheaper, but here you have a great location and view. You might be ready for home-cooked food and so you could buy the ingredients, but I’ll recommend some great restaurants too. Dinner – Pigalle

Accommodation – Point Break Apartment

These apartments are amazing. The studio apartment is just the right size to be comfortable. You can definitely find cheaper, but here you have a great location and view. You might be ready for home-cooked food and so you could buy the ingredients, but I’ll recommend some great restaurants too.

Day 4 Cost Breakdown

Breakfast – Included at Kruger Adventure Lodge

Lunch at Cape Town Fish Market for 2 = $32

Dinner at Pigalle $36

Accommodation at Point Break $52

Flight: $326


В июле 2021 года воздушный флот авиакомпании United Airlines составляли следующие самолёты:

СамолётВ эксплуатацииЗаказаноМеста С-бизнес класс, W-премиум эконом класс, Y-эконом класс
Airbus A319-1009411C12Y114
Airbus A32096C12Y138
Boeing 737-700537C12Y114
Boeing 737-800141C16 Y150
Boeing 737-90012C20Y159
Boeing 737-900ER136C20Y159
Boeing 737 MAX 816C16Y150
Boeing 737 MAX 932C20Y159
Boeing 737 MAX 1011
Boeing 757–20040C16Y153
Boeing 757-30021C24Y189
Boeing 767-30038C30Y184


Boeing 767-40016C39Y203
Boeing 777-20074C50W24Y202, C28Y336, F8C40Y221, C32Y330, C50Y217,C28Y336
Boeing 777-300ER22C60W24Y266
Boeing 787-938C48Y204, C48W21Y188
Boeing 787-1021C44W21Y253
Всего862 29 Средний возраст 16,4 лет

Выведенные из эксплуатации

Списанный флот United Airlines
Год вывода из эксплуатации
Заменён на
Boeing 80A1934Первый заказчик
Boeing 40A1937Первый заказчик
Boeing 2471942Первый заказчик, Все 59 из базовой модели были построены для United
Ford Trimotor
British Aircraft Swallow
Curtiss JN-4D (Jenny)
Douglas DC-3
Boeing 3771954
Douglas DC-71964
Convair 3401968
Vickers Viscount1969
Douglas DC-61970
Sud Aviation Caravelle1970 Boeing 737–200
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar1989 McDonnell Douglas DC-10Куплен у Pan Am; продан Дельте
Boeing 7201976 Boeing 727
Douglas DC-81992Первый заказчик, Крупнейший в мире оператор DC-8
Boeing 727–1001993 Boeing 737–500Первый заказчик
Boeing 747SP1995 Boeing 747-400Куплен у Pan Am
Boeing 747–1001999 Boeing 777-200/200ER
McDonnell Douglas DC-102001 Boeing 777-200/200ERПервый заказчик (вместе с American Airlines)
Boeing 747–2002001 Boeing 747-400
Boeing 727–2002001 Семейство А320Первый заказчик
Boeing 737–2002001 Семейство А320Первый заказчик
Boeing 767–2002005 Boeing 767-300ERПервый заказчик
Boeing 737–3002009Может быть заменён C-серией самолётов Bombardier или Embraer
Boeing 737–5002009Может быть заменён C-серией самолётов Bombardier или Embraer

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