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EAA AirVenture Dreamliner flight

By The Hub team, November 01, 2019

This summer, 100 women from all different roles at United boarded a plane from Chicago to Oshkosh, Wis. It was only a 30-minute flight, but it was history in the making — the first all-female Boeing® 787 Dreamliner flight to EAA AirVenture, the world's largest airshow.

Part of what made this flight unique was that a Dreamliner wasn't the natural choice for a half-hour flight.

"The Dreamliner is best used on long flights because of its ability to fly great distances with greater fuel efficiency," said Capt. Deb McCaw. "It's the best aircraft in United's fleet when it comes to range and fuel use. Most Dreamliner pilots still love to fly those rare short flights when they come along though."

The flight was operated entirely by women, from pilots to ramp service to mechanics to the Network Operations Center team. For the passengers on board, the all-female crew's love of flying was evident, as was the smooth ride of the plane. As the flight landed in Oshkosh, airshow attendees sat outside in lawn chairs to watch its descent and touchdown. Then, the XX-seat aircraft drove straight to the hangar for tours.

Many of the Dreamliner's features center on passenger comfort. It contains Smooth Ride Technology, which allows it to sense turbulence and automatically adjust wing control surfaces for a smoother ride. The sensors are located throughout the entire aircraft. Cabin pressurization and humidity are also different on the Dreamliner than on other aircraft, which helps travelers feel more refreshed upon landing after a long flight.

McCaw noted that these enhancements are nicer for the pilots, too.

We like that we get to enjoy the creature comforts that are unique to the Dreamliner such as the humidified air, the very quiet noise level, and the more comfortable pressurization," McCaw said. "Those benefits leave us feeling better at the end of the flight, as well as the passengers."

In addition to giving the airshow attendees an inside look at the Dreamliner, United also co-sponsored a Women in Aviation breakfast with 1,000 women in attendance. With a strong presence at the airshow, United celebrated its female employees and legacy of gender equality in the workforce. United has the most woman pilots of any U.S. airline, with nearly 1,000 — more 7% of our pilots, compared with the national average of 5%. We're home to the renowned Chix Fix, the first commercial, all-female team of technicians to compete at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, and have a cybersecurity team that's nearly 40% women.

McCaw noted that the pilots who got to operate the flights were lucky to have the opportunity, and attendee Connie Navarrete said the event exceeded her expectations.

"This is more than I thought it would be," said Navarrete, an Air Traffic Systems ramp controller based out of New York/Newark. "I've been with United for 22 years and I really enjoy what I do, and being here and volunteering."

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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