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Baseball, New Zealand style

By Matt Adams, November 17, 2016

New Zealand Baseball HakaPlayers perform the Haka, which is a traditional war cry/dance that is done before a team's match.

Although the World Series is over, that doesn't mean baseball excitement has come to an end here at United. Last week we announced the start of a four-year partnership with Baseball New Zealand to serve as its official airline and the title sponsor of the organization's national tournaments and events.

As part of the agreement, we will provide air travel -- in cooperation with our partner Air New Zealand (NZ) for all of Baseball New Zealand's teams, coaches and business officials, and we will transport big leaguers from the U.S. down to New Zealand to help coach and develop young players.

Baseball and softball were first introduced to New Zealand by American soldiers during World War II, but for decades baseball lagged behind softball and cricket in popularity. It wasn't until the late 1980s that this began to change, and, in 1989, Baseball New Zealand was established as the governing body over the sport throughout the country.

Seven years ago, American expatriate Ryan Flynn took over as Baseball New Zealand's CEO, with big plans to promote the U.S.'s national pastime to a generation of young Kiwis.

“This is a very athletic nation, and people want to play baseball," Ryan said. “I truly believe that it can become 'the Dominican Republic of the Pacific' in terms of per capita baseball talent."

It would appear that his efforts are working; over the past few years, participation has grown by 700 percent. There are approximately 7,000 ballplayers in New Zealand, a nation with a population of around 4.5 million, and Ryan's goal is to see that number reach 100,000 in the next decade. Team New Zealand recently made some noise at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, advancing to the finals in its pool. When Ryan took over as CEO, New Zealand was ranked 119th in the world; today the country ranks 26th and has its sights set on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

He points to the deal with United as a major turning point for the organization and as a good indication of the sport's growing influence in New Zealand. “We've had sponsorships in the past, but aligning ourselves with a big name like United puts us in an entirely different space."

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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