¡Vamos a Cuba! - United Hub

¡Vamos a Cuba!

By The Hub team, July 07, 2016

United customers will have a historic opportunity to board one of the first commercial flights from the United States to Havana, Cuba, in more than a half century. Effective this fall, we will operate daily nonstop service from Newark Liberty International (EWR) and Saturday nonstop service from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to the Cuban capital.

Since the announcement was made in December 2015 that the U.S. and Cuba would reinstate air service between the two nations, United has worked to ensure that we could offer our customers convenient access to our Caribbean neighbor. Over 17,500 customers, employees, elected officials and business leaders sent letters petitioning the Department of Transportation (DOT) on our behalf.

"These flights open the door to a new world of travel and opportunity for our customers," said Oscar Munoz, United's president and CEO. "We are proud of the important and historic role our airline will play in connecting the U.S. and Cuba, as commercial air travel takes flight between these countries for the first time in more than 50 years."

Our employees, especially those with ties to Cuba, are similarly excited. Marlon Garcia Suarez, a native of Cuba and program manager of Airport Operations Safety and Regulatory, said, "Seeing a United aircraft in Havana will be a very emotional experience for me. This is truly a historic moment for our airline and I want to thank everyone at United who made this possible. ¡Vamos a Cuba!"

Our daily nonstop flight from New York/Newark enables the nearly 80,000 Cuban Americans living in New Jersey — along with many more Americans throughout the largest metropolitan area in the country — new travel choices and business development opportunities. Our Saturday service from Houston will be an important gateway for service to Havana and will directly connect 20 markets across the central and western United States to Cuba with just one stop.

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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