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 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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