Catch the Spirit - United Hub

Catch the spirit

By Matt Adams

Like naming a child, naming an aircraft carries special significance. Think about the names of some of the most recognizable airplanes of the last century, and chances are there's a story behind them. The distinguished World War II bomber Memphis Belle was named in honor of its crew captain Robert Morgan's love, who hailed from Memphis, Tennessee. The name of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis might not have carried the same romance, but was no less meaningful: Several financiers from St. Louis paid for the record-breaking plane's construction.

It's in that proud tradition that this month we will inaugurate our new fleet of 777-300ERs with an aircraft christened New Spirit of United. If you've listened to our CEO Oscar Munoz speak over the past year, you've likely heard that term. Early in his tenure, Oscar dubbed the new energy and enthusiasm that he feels whenever he travels around our airline's network as the "new spirit of United."

"This special aircraft represents not a commemoration of the past but a commitment to the future," Oscar said. "It captures the spirit of excellence we aspire to deliver with each and every flight we take."

Whether you're a customer or an employee, we hope that you've felt that spirit and the change that accompanies it; the change that drove us to reach record-breaking performance and customer satisfaction milestones last year.

New Spirit of United, with its name proudly displayed on its nose, will fly in recognition of the more than 86,000 employees worldwide who strive each day to make United the safest, most reliable and friendliest airline in the world. Theirs is the spirit of compassion, the spirit of hard work, the spirit of accomplishment and, perhaps most of all, the spirit of the friendly skies.

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.

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