United and Airlink send search and rescue team to Bahamas - United Hub

We partner with Airlink to send search and rescue team to the Bahamas

By The Hub team, September 05, 2019

A team of search and rescue experts from Empact Northwest departed Newark International Airport (EWR) this morning for Nassau (NSA), the capital of the Bahamas to help meet the pressing need for search and rescue services identified by Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The Empact Northwest team worked with Airlink, a rapid-response humanitarian relief organization that connects airlines with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), that respond quickly and efficiently in the wake of major disasters.

"We can't thank United enough for allowing us to jump out of the gate right away to aid people devastated by this storm," said Airlink Strategic Advisor Emily Sperling. "Search and rescue, medical care, temporary shelter, food and access to potable water are among the most immediate and pressing needs identified in the region. United's assistance is critical in ensuring that groups like Empact Northwest join others, including Mercy Corps, ADRA, and Heart to Heart International in fulfilling those most basic needs."

Airlink notes that our assistance enables two types of first responders to arrive quickly: those with specialized response capabilities like search and rescue, as well as assessment teams, who identify the most pressing needs and establish partnerships quickly to distribute supplies more efficiently once they are on the ground in country. Our partnership is felt long after the initial outreach after a disaster, too, according to Ms. Sperling. "After Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, we received requests to transport relief workers a year or two later, to provide training and rebuilding assistance to help these communities develop future resilience," she said. The partnership also helps move responders into place to assist U.S. East Coast communities in the path of this tremendous storm.

You can join us in our disaster relief efforts by donating to our Crowdrise fundraising page here.

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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