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Sustainability meets design: Improving our United Clubs

By The Hub team, April 16, 2018

If you've been to a United Club℠ location recently you've probably noticed the comfortable seating, featuring areas for both working and relaxing, not to mention a refreshed bar area where you can enjoy complimentary premium wines and spirits before your flight. What you may not have noticed is that some of our club locations have sustainable design elements weaved in, making them more energy efficient.

In fact, earlier this year the two United Clubs located at Denver's International Airport celebrated the new year with a distinction from Certifiably Green Denver. Following the United Club locations at Los Angeles International Airport, which was certified last year, Denver's East and West Clubs are now the second and third United club locations to earn the green certification.

"United set us up with a great foundation with Eco-Skies, and it was really just about focusing on what we could do to uphold this commitment to being green, sustainable and eco-friendly," said Denver Airport Lounges Manager, Jennifer Wartner.

Through its partnership with Certifiably Green Denver, part of the City of Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, the Denver team was able to improve efficiencies at the club. The work they've done includes transitioning to recycled products, ensuring customers have options when depositing their waste, and starting a compost program. Our United Club locations join 10 other businesses at Denver's International Airport that have earned the Certificate of Environmental Excellence from Certifiably Green Denver.

In addition to the United Club locations in Denver, our remodeled, 6,000-square-foot club at San Francisco's International Airport, near Boarding Area E, has been given a LEED Gold certification. The new United terminals in Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and San Francisco International Airport have also received this certification, featuring sustainable design elements such as energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems.

Recently ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek's Green Rankings, we're constantly working toward a cleaner world and greener skies through our United Eco-Skies® program.

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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