Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation "Firsts" - United Hub

Celebrating 90 years of innovation “firsts”

By The Hub team, April 05, 2016

From a humble beginning as an air mail carrier that flew from Pasco, Washington, to Boise, Idaho, on April 6, 1926, we have grown to operate the world's finest route network with the world's finest people.

For the last 90 years, we have paved the way in making travel by air safer, faster and available to more and more people.

Accomplishments by our predecessors include hiring the first female attendants and opening the first flight kitchen to pioneering technology firsts in the aviation industry. In recent years we became the first North American airline to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and began use of commercial-scale biofuel. And we're just getting started.

On our 90th birthday, let's celebrate all that those early pioneers accomplished, what we achieve every day and what we'll create together in the future.

90 gifts to you

In honor of our milestone birthday, we also want to share with you 90 ways we are growing and innovating this year to bring you an unparalleled travel experience. New additions include 12 new routes served on 21 new aircraft this year and 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2016 and continuing over the next several years, 13 enhanced clubs offering premium coffee with 2 ways to enjoy — at our domestic United ClubSM locations and in flight where you'll be able to binge watch 12 episodes of original HBO programming.

All of this adds up to 90 great gifts for you and our employees, but this is just the beginning. Our goal to become the best airline in the world pushes us to constantly evolve and innovate. We promise to always challenge ourselves to go faster, grow stronger, and soar higher.

Thank you for being a part of our history and, most importantly, our future.

United Awards Free Flights for a Year to Winners of "Your Shot to Fly" Sweepstakes

Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
By United Newsroom, July 29, 2021

CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the five lucky grand prize winners of its "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes, who will each get to fly anywhere in the world United flies with a companion over the course of the next year. The winners of the "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes are:

  • Ashley Cronkhite from Bradenton, FL
  • Robert Simicak from Cleveland, OH
  • Sean Husmoe from Goodyear, AZ
  • Lauren Aldredge from Oakland CA
  • Lauren M. from San Francisco, CA

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.

United First U.S. Airline to Offer Economy Customers Option to Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

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

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on select flights, all United customers – no matter what cabin of service they're flying in – can use the airline's award-winning mobile app and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages up to five days before they're scheduled to travel. United is the first and only U.S. airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages, a reflection of the customer experience transformation underway at the airline.



United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
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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