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Frankfurt’s first Fantasy Flight

By Rachel Landgraf, December 20, 2019

Michaela Selinger-Roudabush, United's Frankfurt am Main Airport general manager, remembers the moment she learned that Frankfurt was going to host its first Fantasy Flight.

"It all started when London had their Fantasy Flight last year," recalled Michaela. "I went to it and loved it. So then I applied to have it in Frankfurt because there had never been a Fantasy Flight in Germany before."

On Saturday, December 7, that changed when more than 70 children from Die Arche, an organization that supports socially disadvantaged children and young people in Germany's inner cities, made their way to Frankfurt for a trip to the Nordpol.

"They all had big eyes as we entered the airport because everything is new," said Stephanie Kiefer, head of Die Arche Frankfurt. "Their circumstances are poor, so to be able to do this and keep the smiles on children's faces, it's great!"

After munching on breakfast while writing letters to Santa, the children began their trek to the gate where a decorated Boeing 777 waited to take them to the Nordpol. As they walked, they enjoyed learning about the different types of work at the airport and going through security — and they jumped with excitement when they saw their flight on the big departures board.

Once on board, they were mesmerized by the plane and cockpit.

"Every five minutes, something new happens and the kids are like, 'Momma, look here!' or 'Did you see that?'" said Gordena Adgefska, who attended the Fantasy Flight with her daughter. "The whole day my daughter has been laughing and she has this sparkle in her eye."

At the Nordpol, the children were greeted with a DJ, photo booth, lunch, gifts, holiday face paint and more before Santa arrived and gave them each a present.

"We often get invitations to attend things, but this one is really special and something you can't buy," said Stephanie. "It's that kind and caring aspect that is shown to every child while being in an environment that's diverse and international that makes it so special."

Frankfurt's first Fantasy Flight was made possible thanks to the incredible work of 40 volunteers.

"It's fun work and we could not have done it without the team we had," said Michaela. "The kids just had so much fun and really enjoyed themselves. My feet hurt, but it was all worth it!"

And once Michaela and the rest of team Frankfurt's feet get a little rest from the big day?

"Oh, we're ready for round two!" exclaimed Michaela.

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Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
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The sweepstakes was in support of the Biden administration's ongoing national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination and encouraged United's MileagePlus® loyalty members to upload their vaccine records to United. In less than a month, more than one million MileagePlus members uploaded their vaccine cards to the United app and website for a shot to win one of the grand prizes. In June the airline awarded 30 first prize winners with a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere United flies.

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New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
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By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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