United Air Lines,files
May 16, 2013
Airline stewardesses pose in front of a United Air Lines' Boeing transport in San Francisco, Calif., in this May 15, 1930 file photo. Ellen Church, standing in the left side of the doorway, is considered the first stewardess after a Boeing executive created the job for her. Standing in foreground from left are the others she helped hire: Margaret Arnott, Inez Keller, Cornelia Peterman, Harriet Iden, Jessie Carter and Ella Crawford. Standing in the right of the doorway is Alva Johnson. United Airlines made the largest bankruptcy filing in aviation history Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, saying it was the only way to keep the world's No. 2 airline flying after two years of heavy losses. The Chapter 11 filing was the fifth-largest ever as measured by assets.