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Get to know our Big Metal Bird host and check out the latest episodes

By The Hub team , October 20, 2017

Big Metal Bird is a show about all things United. Get an inside look at how we get up in the air and down to business. We go behind the scenes to offer you an inside look at our operations and global network.

Big Metal Bird host, Phil Torres

Your host

Meet, Phil Torres, your adventure guide and host of Big Metal Bird. When he's not filming an episode, you can find Phil studying different animal species and exploring the world. After leading conservation projects in the Amazon rainforest for two years, he hosted a show called "TechKnow" on Al Jazeera America. He's wrestled sharks, taken an expedition to Mongolia and submarined to the bottom of the ocean. Follow his YouTube channel, "The Jungle Diaries" or get a daily dose on wildlife and travel by following him on Snapchat or Instagram.

The show

Each video is dedicated to showing how we're getting better at providing every customer with a great travel experience every day, every flight. It's no surprise that managing an airline is a complex business, but it's fascinating, meaningful and unites people and ideas from around the globe. For us, at United, that means more than 80,000 employees in 58 countries serving 352 airports and our fleet of more than 2,200 aircraft carrying 135+ million passengers annually with approximately 4,500 daily departures. We look forward to sharing those stories and lessons learned along the way.Big Metal Bird segments are designed to be short, so you can watch then on the go and even share it with your family and friends. It's plane and simple. You'll love it.

Check out the latest episodes of Big Metal Bird:


Island Hopper

Can you wear that on Mars?

By The Hub team , September 18, 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.

A message from our CEO Oscar Munoz on the anniversary of September 11, 2001

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , September 11, 2019

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.


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