United Pilot Helps Rescue Journalist in Sudan - United Hub

United pilot helps rescue journalist in Sudan

By The Hub team, November 10, 2017

When Dave Pond's phone rang and the U.S. Ambassador to Sudan told him an American journalist was missing and it was his new mission to find him, Pond didn't hesitate.

It was the summer of 2006 and Pond, then a member of the U.S. Air Force, was stationed in the Darfur region of Sudan, where he was commanding a small military advisory team. Pond – now a San Francisco-based Boeing 787 First Officer for United – and his team embarked on their mission not knowing what the outcome would be. Against all odds they found the missing citizen, Mr. Paul Salopek, and proceeded to negotiate his release.

"I can say a lot of nice things about Colonel Pond as a courageous warrior and model citizen who's served his country both in and out of uniform, but instead I'd like to say as a human being, he transcends labels such as branch of military service or even nationality," Salopek recently wrote in a letter to Pond. "He is one of the most humane and caring individuals I know. He stood with me in my weakest hour. I'm alive today largely because of him."

Dave Pond and his team while in the U.S. Air Force

Pond read that letter earlier this month at O'Hare International Airport, where he thought he was filming a video solely about the rescue. He hadn't seen his team in over 10 years. In honor of Veterans Day, we surprised Pond by flying his three team members in to O'Hare for a reunion.

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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