United Boeing 747 Makes Rare Flight - United Hub

Flight of a lifetime: The Queen of the Skies makes rare journey

By The Hub team, August 03, 2017

They came to see a Boeing 747 routed on a rare domestic segment for a wide variety of reasons, but, no matter the reason, a deep love of aviation crackled through the crowd awaiting the plane's departure from gate C18 last Friday night at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. "It's my favorite plane I've never flown on," said customer George Pierce, whose grandfather had done maintenance work for Pan American World Airways. "I always hoped to meet Joe Sutter, who designed it."

Head-on shot of the Boeing 747 aircraft

Premier member Asaf Farashuddin brought his nine-year-old son Ryan from Newark Friday morning on a 10 am flight just to hop a ride. "We're big fans of United," Mr. Farashuddin said. He's logged 800,000 lifetime miles with United and enjoys watching planes take off and land from his office in New York. Ryan himself had quite a few miles on United until he booked an Independence day holiday for his mom, his sister and himself to London. He clutched a model United airplane in his hand as father and son waited to board, and the boy shared his vision of becoming an aviation engineer. "The 747-400 is the fastest subsonic airplane," Ryan said, eyes wide.

Two girls enjoy a seat in the cockpit of the 747 before the flight departed from Chicago's O'Hare Airport

Chicago O'Hare Technician Jon McCormick brought his wife Sandra and two young daughters, Brianna and Madeline to the flight. He said he grew up flying 747s from Denver to Hawaii since his dad worked for United, and he recounted how his work on airplanes once had him 60 feet up in the air, replacing the VOR antenna, part of the navigation system, on the 747's tail. He was eager for the chance for his daughters to experience the thrill of the ride.

With more than 200 standby travelers hoping to get a seat on the flight (all on the list were cleared), Chicago O'Hare's customer service team began making seat assignments hours before departure. As customers boarded the flight, the excitement continued -- four high-school-aged aviation geeks met online virtually and, finally, at the gate, they hopped on board and made their hopes of flying on the 747 a reality. Once in the air, customers and employees shared stories and memories of the 747 as the plane made its way to San Francisco.

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.

Scroll to top