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-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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