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New and returning places to explore this summer

By The Hub team, April 26, 2018

Last year, we announced new nonstop summer seasonal service to four popular European destinations: Porto, Portugal, Reykjavik, Iceland, Zurich, Switzerland and Edinburgh, Scotland. With these new routes, we are kicking off our 2018 seasonal travel schedule by offering more options for our customers from over 100 North American cities to conveniently connect to Europe and Latin America with just one stop.

"As we continue growing our global route network we are offering more choice and convenience to travel internationally, something our customers have told us they want," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network. "The new seasonal summer flights offer customers even more opportunities to plan summer travel to four of Europe's most beautiful cities."

Famous train in Edinburgh

Explore Europe this summer

In addition to our new summer destinations, we will be offering the return of seasonal services between six of our U.S. hub cities and popular destinations in Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

Beginning May 4, service from Newark/New York to Porto, Portugal will operate daily nonstop service until October 4 on a Boeing 757 aircraft. On May 23, daily nonstop service from Newark/New York to Reykjavik, Iceland and from Washington D.C. to Edinburgh, Scotland will begin and operate through October 17. Both routes will be operated on a Boeing 757 aircraft. From June 7 until October 27, new daily nonstop service will operate from San Francisco to Zurich, Switzerland.

We are also extending our 2018 trans-Atlantic summer route schedule from Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. by making flights available earlier and operating through late October. Daily seasonal service between Chicago and Edinburgh and between San Francisco and Munich begins May 4 and ends Oct. 26 and seasonal service between Chicago and Dublin and between Washington/Dulles and Lisbon, Portugal will start April 9, 2018 and end Oct. 26.

Drone shot of Turks & Caicos beach

Rediscover the Caribbean Islands and Mexico

We also will be resuming service to many of the Caribbean destinations impacted by hurricanes last year including Bermuda, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Earlier this year, we reinstated daily service between New York/Newark and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and we continue ramping up service to San Juan, Puerto Rico where we currently offers twice-daily service from New York/Newark and daily service between San Juan and Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C. On June 7, we will resume weekend service from New York/Newark to St. Maarten and from Houston to St. Thomas. We currently offers daily service between Washington, D.C. and St. Thomas.

Customers in Louisiana and Texas looking for another way to get to Cancun can choose our new weekend seasonal service from New Orleans and San Antonio beginning Jun 9.

Over water bungalows in Tahiti

Vacation shouldn't end in the summer

Beginning this fall, we are offering nonstop service between San Francisco and Pape'ete, the capital of Tahiti, the South Pacific's gateway to more than 118 islands in French Polynesia including Bora Bora, Moorea, the Marquesas and Raiatea.

We are the only U.S. carrier offering nonstop service to Tahiti from the mainland United States and will connect customers to the South Pacific's white sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons, coral atolls and volcanic mountain peaks. Visitors to the islands experience a tropical paradise with countless spaces to relax and reconnect in natural beauty and authentic French Polynesian island culture.

You can now book nonstop service from San Francisco to Pape'ete's Fa'a'ā International Airport for travel beginning Oct. 30, 2018, through March 28, 2019.

For more information on our 2018 summer season routes and to see the full schedule, visit the United newsroom.

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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