Brothers Share United Flight Deck for First Time - United Hub

Brothers share United flight deck for the first time

By Ryan Hood, July 15, 2016

Both brothers flying together as pilot and co-pilot

Like many employees at United, Anton Salameh fell in love with flying as a kid. His younger brother by 13 months, Stefan Salameh, thought it looked cool, so he followed in his big brother's footsteps.

The two learned how to fly in high school, when they ran an airplane washing business in exchange for flight lessons. They would fly their dates to Napa Valley from their home in Monterey, California.

Recently, they went on a slightly farther trip together.

Both brothers as kids in the cockpit

The Salameh brothers, both now United pilots, don't get to spend much time together at home, despite living just a few miles apart, thanks to their conflicting schedules. Anton had one thing he wanted to do before transitioning from Boeing 787 first officer to Boeing 737 captain: fly with Stefan, a 787 first officer. While looking at his second-to-last flight on the 787, Anton noticed the other first officer seat was open. Stefan was on reserve for the flight, and with an assist from United's Crew Scheduling department, was able to get the assignment.

It was the first time at United the two brothers operated the same flight together, a culmination of a mutual lifelong love of aviation. They flew from San Francisco to Chengdu, China and there was plenty of brotherly banter and reminiscing along the way.

“It was funny looking back," Anton said. “We used to fly to impress girls – now we're halfway around the world flying. How far we've come."

As they flew over eastern Russia, the brothers thought back to their parents during those younger years.

“Anton was a newly licensed private pilot and I had just completed my first solo as a student pilot, so we took a two-seat Cessna up together and flew around the California coastline," Stefan said. “My father was always uncomfortable with both of his boys, not even out of high school, flying together. He seems to have changed his mind now that the aircraft is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner."

Both brothers on a hike of Mount Qingcheng

The two took advantage of their layover to explore the area and hike Mount Qingcheng. The trip was one they always wanted to take, and it proved to be an unforgettable experience.

“I couldn't be more grateful for the two of us being able to do this," Anton said.

Added Stefan, “The best part of the experience was how proud my father was of his only two boys. As a pilot wannabe in his younger years, he has seen us accomplish what he too had dreamed about, and we did it together."

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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