From red-eye to 'i do' - United Hub

From red-eye to 'i do'

By Matt Adams

On January 14, 2016, customers Greg Hulcher and Suzanne Macaitis had a chance meeting on a late night flight from San Francisco to Chicago that changed both of their lives. As Mr. Hulcher tells it, Ms. Macaitis wasn't exactly looking for romance that evening — she just hoped to get some sleep before they arrived in Chicago. But Mr. Hulcher persisted, and by the time they landed, both of them were convinced that they had met their soul mate.

“One morning not too long ago," Mr. Hulcher recently wrote to us, “I woke up and looked at Suzanne, and just couldn't wait any longer; I asked if she would spend the rest of her life with me and she said yes. I didn't have the ring, and I didn't have the chance to say all the things I wanted to. I want to do that on the same journey that we met on."

This year they booked a New Year's Day trip on that same fateful route — San Francisco to Chicago — so that Mr. Hulcher could properly propose, with a little help from our flight attendant crew. Once in the air, San Francisco-based Flight Attendant Anniesha McDonald dimmed the cabin lights and presented the couple with champagne under the guise of Ms. Macaitis “being the one hundredth customer traveling from San Francisco to Chicago that day," at which time Mr. Hulcher presented Ms. Macaitis with a diamond engagement ring.

“She was very surprised," Anniesha said. “After Mr. Hulcher told her how much he loved her, she was so happy that she cried. We passed out champagne to the customers in first class and everyone toasted them. I was honored to be a part of it."

We wish Ms. Macaitis and Mr. Hulcher all the best and many, many more travels together.

United cargo-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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