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The best airport food in the country

By Benét J. Wilson, July 21, 2016

With travelers spending more time in terminals, airports have had to take their food offerings to the next level. Gone are the days when airports offered a snack bar with hot dogs on a roller, generic restaurants with basic fare and branded fast-food outlets. Today, three trends have emerged that aim to keep airport goers satisfied — celebrity chef restaurants, outposts of local/regional favorite eateries and special airport-only restaurant concepts. Check out a few our favorites below.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

One of the best celebrity chef restaurants is located in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD): Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless. The winner of the hit Bravo television show “Top Chef Masters," Bayless specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine with eight concepts across the Windy City. You can find Tortas Frontera in Terminals 1, 3 and 5 at O'Hare. Using locally sourced ingredients, Bayless' airport locations are well known for serving tortas, Mexico's version of a warm, toasted sandwich, and offering a customized guacamole bar with five toppings. A customer favorite is cochinita pibil — achiote and citrus-braised pork, pickled red onions and black beans that comes with a side of roasted habanero salsa. Stop by, order online, or better yet — have your food delivered to your gate.

Los Angeles International Airport

The United home at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is Terminal 7, which is also home to The Counter, an eatery with locations in nine different states and four different countries. The restaurant allows passengers to customize their burgers with cheeses, toppings, sauces and buns. Options include beef, turkey, portobello mushrooms, vegan veggie and chicken. The restaurant also offers salads, fries, sandwiches and sweet treats, all of which can be packed up for maximum enjoyment on your flight.

Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport (DEN) is home to Lefty's Mile High Bar & Grill, a concept created by concessions operator Delaware North. It features delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, beers, wines and specialty cocktails. The restaurant, located in Concourse B, is known for its big burgers and vegetarian options, along with multiple television screens, ensuring you won't miss the big game when traveling.

Newark Liberty International Airport

In November 2014, United Airlines announced a major upgrade of food and beverage options in its Terminal C hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). In partnership with OTG Management, the airline is introducing 55 new eateries that offer a myriad of options for travelers. They include Vo Banh Mi, an outpost of a New York City-based Cambodian sandwich shop; Saison, a French bistro created by Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse; healthy Mediterranean cuisine from Flora café; and Melange Petit Patisserie from chocolate master Jacques Torres. It's safe to say you won't run out of options when traveling through Newark.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Finally, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has an outlet of the city's iconic restaurant Dooky Chase, a mainstay in the city since 1941. For travelers who can't make it to the restaurant's Treme neighborhood in the city, the outlet in the airport's main terminal offers its favorite dishes. Menu items include red beans and rice, fried chicken, po'boys, fried catfish, peach cobbler and whiskey bread pudding. The food is so good that you'll want to come back time and time again.

Visit united.com or use the United app to book your next trip and be sure to stop by one of these airport eateries when you're flying through.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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