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Discover the best of London in September

By The Hub team, September 22, 2017

Summer vacation may be over, but September is packed with hot happenings. Marking the start of London's Autumn Season, September has plenty in store, from fabulous festivals to blockbuster exhibitions.

This fall, it's all about the festivals, many of which are free to attend. The Totally Thames Festival is back with a month of river-related fun, including artworks, live performances and boat races. Other Totally Thames Festival highlights include Maria Arceo's Future Dust, a large-scale art installation made from plastic collected along the Thames. The artwork will light up at night and move to different riverside locations.

The Raindance Film Festival is a must for film buffs. It's rolling out the red carpet for 12 days in September, with a packed program of screenings, parties, seminars and workshops.

Travel back to Roman London with Londinium: a season of gripping events and activities including guided walks, a play about the vengeful Boudica at Shakespeare's Globe Theater and more. September also means the return of Daylight Music, a carefully curated series of concerts in the atmospheric surroundings of Union Chapel, to be enjoyed with tea and cake every Saturday afternoon. The eclectic and diverse program changes every week and has included artists such as Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip and Nils Frahm.

For art enthusiasts, this month is buzzing with not-to-be-missed exhibitions. Opening at the Barbican is Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first large-scale UK exhibition for Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of downtown New York's art scene in the 1980s. Another must-see is the anticipated exhibition Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth at The Royal Academy of Arts. The landmark retrospective features more than 150 works, including iconic images of flags, targets, maps and light bulbs.

See your favorite celebrities on stage in one of London's new West End shows. Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell sizzle in Tennessee Williams's family drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre.

Museum fans are in for a special treat this month with a series of blockbuster exhibitions taking place. Discover the long-hidden Siberian culture at Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia at the British Museum, and explore the unsolved mystery of Sir John Franklin's doomed last voyage into the Arctic at National Maritime Museum's exhibition Death in the Ice.

Catch the last month of Buckingham Palace's Summer Opening and take a peek around 19 lavishly decorated state rooms of the queen's London home. On display at the palace's Queen's Gallery is Canaletto & The Art of Venice, featuring dreamy artworks showing the beauty of 18th-century Venice by Venetian artist Canaletto and his contemporaries. At Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace, you can view the Princess's glamorous gowns, including the blue velvet gown she famously wore when she danced with John Travolta at the White House.

Autumn in London is open. Book your London adventure by visiting united.com or through the United app. And while you're there, share your experience on social media with the hashtag #LondonIsOpen and #AutumnSeason.

Adjusting to Customer Demand, United Adds New Nonstop Service to Florida

By United Newsroom, August 12, 2020

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced plans to add up to 28 daily nonstop flights this winter connecting customers in Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York/LaGuardia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio to four popular Florida destinations. The new, nonstop flights reflect United's continuing strategy to aggressively, and opportunistically manage the impact of COVID-19 by increasing service to destinations where customers most want to fly.

Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

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