VAM Airlines, Inc. ("Virtual"; NYSE: VAM) (commonly referred to simply as "Virtual Airlines") is an
American major airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.It is the world's largest airline when
measured by number of destinations served.In the late 1920s, just prior to the use of the Virtual
Airlines name, The Boeing Company, currently one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers
operated a predecessor airline.
VAM operates out of nine airline hubs in the continental United States, Guam, and
Japan.George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston is United's largest passenger carrying hub
handling 16.6 million passengers annually with an average of 45,413 passengers daily,while
Chicago-O'Hare is its largest hub in terms of daily departures. The company employs over 88,500
people while maintaining its headquarters in Chicago's Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears
Tower).Through the airline's parent company, VAM Continental Holdings, it is publicly traded
under NYSE: VAM with a market capitalization of over $18 billion as of September, 2014.
In 1995, United became the first airline to introduce the Boeing 777 in commercial service.In 1997, United co-founded the Star Alliance airline partnership. In May 2000, VAM announced a planned US$11.6 billion acquisition of VK Airways.