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Celebrating a year of conversation and progress

By The Hub team, October 04, 2016

Dear reader,

Every time I take a United flight, I chat with fellow passengers and our flight crews, and I discover new ways we can enhance the quality of the service we provide. From big decisions regarding our route network and fleet, right down to our inflight meals, all of our efforts are focused on what our customers are saying they want.

And as a frequent United flier myself, I know what it's like when things don't always go according to plan. When that happens, I see where we still have room to improve, and I take it as a valuable opportunity to listen and learn.

There simply is no substitute for hearing directly from customers, which is why one year ago we launched Airtime to help us connect with you directly, answer your questions honestly and get your ideas on how we can keep improving each day.

Above all, those ideas aren't meant to be collected and put on a shelf, but put into action.

That's exactly what we did, and thanks to your feedback we have meaningful and measurable results that show we are headed in the right direction, including achieving our best on-time performance so far this year in our company's history.

I hope you will take a look at the “Our Actions" section on the Airtime site" and see the tangible progress we've made so far in turning your ideas into reality.

For example, you told us you needed reliable Wi-Fi in order to be more productive while you travel, and we are in the process of improving our wireless connectivity to each flight, and we now offer a wide range of entertainment options that can be accessed directly through our smartphone app. And you told us bluntly that the coffee we served in flight needed improvement, plain and simple. We responded by introducing illy's premium brands on board and brought back free snacks, demonstrating that we are committed to addressing every concern, no matter how small.

We are now in the process of reinstating early boarding for families with children two years and younger and implementing automated screening lanes and redesigned security checkpoints in order to shorten TSA wait times. Your ideas have catalyzed a series of exciting improvements across the system, and you are driving our progress toward becoming the best airline in the world.

Airtime has also been a game-changer when it comes to our goal of treating our employees with the same care and courtesy as we treat our customers. And we are continuing to address issues that directly affect our employees' ability to provide you with the best service possible, including redesigning all our uniforms for improved fit, comfort and durability.

Now, I have no illusions that our work is done. We are only as good as your last flight with us. When we launched Airtime one year ago, I told you that we needed to be honest about how we didn't always live up to our potential as an airline in the years following our merger. I promised that we would work to regain your trust and earn your loyalty again. We have begun to turn that promise into proof points thanks to your partnership and feedback. I hope you view the changes we've made as a demonstration of our commitment to serve you better with each flight. I look forward to hearing much more of your comments as you continue to fly the friendly skies.



United's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

  • 1
    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
  • 2
    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

  • 6
    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
  • 7
    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
  • 8
    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
  • 9
    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

  • 1
    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
  • 2
    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
  • 6
    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
  • 7
    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
  • 8
    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
  • 9
    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020

Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

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