As of autumn 2005 it was the world’s third-largest airline in terms of total passengers transported (behind American Airlines and Delta Air Lines), second-largest in terms of revenue-passenger-kilometers (behind American Airlines), and third-largest in terms of total operating revenues (behind Air France-KLM and American Airlines). It employs around 61,000 people and operates nearly 500 aircraft.
United operates a low-cost leisure airline called, Ted. The name is taken from the last three letters of its parent United. Ted serves leisure destinations within the United States and Mexico with 214 daily flights utilizing 54 aircraft.