The United app is now even better
Introducing an all-in-one travel partner that provides a more dynamic experience — the United app now interacts with you as you move throughout your entire travel journey. With enhancements that provide intuitive assistance every step of the way, the app still includes features you know and love.
How we got here
Enlisting the help of over 500 participants during our research and discovery phase, the feedback we received helped to guide the design as well as app improvements. And during the beta test phase, we expanded testing to include real users (we invited more than 1,000 employees and customers) to ensure the updates would drive the intended value. With 3,500 bookings created and 22,000 reservations viewed, we made sure the updates to the app were functional and helped to improve a user's overall experience.
"As we continue to improve the customer experience, we are looking at our digital channels to create better experiences for our customers. We are reimagining the United app and giving our customers a more dynamic experience to make managing their travel seamless. The improved app includes several new useful enhancements while keeping the same features our customers know and love from the previous version of the United app," said Linda Jojo, Executive Vice President for Technology and Chief Digital Officer.
The United app will open to the most useful and relevant information throughout your journey.
For example, 24 hours before departure, the home screen on the United app will prompt you to check-in. Once checked in, an option to get your boarding pass will populate right on the home screen so you'll no longer need to access it via the boarding pass tab on the current version of the app.
Once inflight, the app's home screen will update to display flight status and onboard entertainment options, making it even easier to find exactly what you're looking for.
In the event of a connection, you'll also find directions from your arrival gate to your connecting gate on the app. If you've reached your final destination, information on where to collect your baggage will be displayed via the baggage carousel number.
Updates to the app also include a new streamlined navigation bar at the bottom of the home screen, giving you quick access to the most popular and helpful features. The navigation bar will also include a My Trips button that will house important information like boarding passes and flight details.
Additionally, you'll also find an inbox icon in the navigation bar that stores other useful and important information such as gate changes, flight status updates and boarding alerts.
Also featured in the app is a profile icon in the right corner at the top of the screen. Accessing this icon allows you to easily find your account information, and any associated United credit cards and club passes.
Our improved app is landing soon. Take a sneak peek with United Chief Digital Officer, Linda Jojo, and @thepointsguy: https://t.co/RyYG4Okd3i pic.twitter.com/u4BwQsn7AK
— United Airlines (@united) January 8, 2019
If you can't get to Mars, what's the next best thing? Apparently Iceland. A team of renowned explorers and researchers recently journeyed to Iceland to test a Mars analog suit in a Martian-like environment.
The United sponsored expedition, led by The Explorers Club — an internationally recognized organization that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space — and in partnership with Iceland Space Agency, involved the team venturing inside the Grímsvötn volcano and across the Vatnajökull ice cap. The group traveled to the remote location and lived for six days in the Grímsvötn Mountain Huts and endured harsh weather conditions and unstable terrain.
Helga Kristin Torfadöttir, Geologist and glacier guide, using the LiDAR system to map the ground and test the suit's capabilities on the glacier.
The objective of the mission was to explore the potential of concept operations at the Grímsvötn location while testing the suit in an arctic environment similar to what would be found on the surface of Mars. "This mission was an important test of the design of the MS1 suit, but it was also incredibly helpful to understand the how to conduct these sorts of studies in Iceland," said Michael Lye, MS1 designer and NASA consultant and RISD professor. "No matter how thoroughly something is tested in a controlled environment like a lab, studying it in a setting that accurately represents the environment where it will be used is absolutely essential to fully understand the design."
The suit was designed and constructed by faculty and students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with input and guidance from members of the HI-SEAS IV crew and NASA's Johnson Space Center Space Suit Engineering team. At 50-60 lbs, the suit is similar to what a planetary exploration suit would weigh in Martian gravity. The suit was originally designed to be used in the warm climate of Hawaii, however the martian climate is much closer to what would be found on top of the glaciers in Iceland. The data collected will inform the future of habitat and spacesuit design that can be used to train astronauts on Earth.
Today, we remember the colleagues, customers and every single victim of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
I know each of us in the United family marks this difficult moment in our own way. Still, we all share a common commitment to honor how our brothers and sisters left us and also celebrate what they gave to us during their lives. We remember their professionalism and heroism. We cherish their camaraderie and friendship. We carry with us the examples they set forth, especially in the heroism and bravery displayed by so many on that terrible day. Above all, we understand a simple truth: While thousands of our fellow human beings lost their lives in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville, the attacks of September 11th were aimed at all people of peace and good will, everywhere. They were attacks on the values that make life worth living, as well as the shared purpose that make us proud of what we do as members of the United family: connecting people and uniting the world.
We may live in times scarred by discord and disagreement, and we know there are those around the world who seek to divide us against one another. But, on this day – above all – we come together, as one. We affirm our core belief that far, far more unites us as citizens and fellow human beings than can ever divide us.
Let us embody that belief as we go about serving our customers and one another – on this day and every day – as we continue to help building a world that's more united. Let that be our memorial to the sisters and brothers we lost, eighteen Septembers ago.