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United Airlines Emphasizes Choice, Convenience and Access in Proposal to Serve Cuba

United's proposed flights from Newark Liberty, Houston, Washington and Chicago garner more than 15,000 letters of support to U.S. Department of Transportation
March 14, 2016

CHICAGO, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today submitted its latest filing to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to begin commercial air service to Cuba from its global gateways in Newark/New York, Houston, Washington and Chicago to Havana's José Martí International Airport in Cuba. United's proposal for nonstop service to Havana from four of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas, home to some of the largest Cuban-American populations, would bring the most choice, convenience and competition for consumers.

"Customers benefit most when there's diversity of travel options across carriers and cities. The U.S. Department of Transportation has a tremendous opportunity to make convenient and accessible travel to Cuba available to customers across the United States," said Steve Morrissey, United's vice president of regulatory and policy affairs. "With a route network that offers the greatest number of flights in many of the largest U.S. cities, United is ideally positioned to maximize customer choice and access."

More than 15,000 customers, employees, elected officials and business leaders have sent letters to the DOT in support of United's proposal. The letters recognize that United's service will deliver significant customer choice, economic benefit and opportunity for cultural exchange to those communities and beyond. 

Daily nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

United's proposed daily nonstop flight from Newark Liberty International Airport would provide unique value in serving the Newark/New York City region, the largest metropolitan area in the country and home to the second-largest population of Cuban Americans.

"Newark and the metropolitan region would benefit from United's new competition in the U.S.-Cuba market," wrote Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. "United's proposed service will spur economic activity and job creation in the greater Newark area and will enable the nearly 80,000 Cuban Americans living in New Jersey to gain new travel options and business development opportunities. This important market should not be held back from additional travel opportunities to and from Cuba."

For more than 20 years, United has offered the Newark/New York City region the most flights to the most destinations around the world.

Saturday nonstop service from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport is United's gateway to Latin America. Rated as one of the most efficient points of entry for foreign travelers, United offers 91 daily nonstop flights to 52 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean. Bush Intercontinental will be an important gateway for service to Havana and will directly connect 20 markets across the central and western United States to Cuba with just one stop. The Cuban-American population in the Houston metropolitan area ranks eighth nationally.

"Houston is often described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major city in the U.S. Almost one in four Houstonians was born outside of the country – many of whom are among the 2.3 million Houstonians that claim a Hispanic or Latino origin," wrote Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, in a letter to Secretary Foxx. "Houston is likely to emerge as a key gateway for U.S.-Cuban relations over time."

Saturday nonstop service from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

The Washington metropolitan area is home to the nation's tenth-largest Cuban-American population and to key political and economic organizations building the U.S.-Cuba relationship. United's service between Washington Dulles and Havana will link two international capitals with weekly nonstop service.

"United's Washington Dulles-Havana service would naturally provide an important link between capital cities, fostering this capital-to-capital connection between business, government and tourists," wrote Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of Destination DC, in a letter to Secretary Foxx. "It will also serve a promising and growing export and diplomatic market."

Saturday nonstop service from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Chicago is home to the country's sixth-largest Cuban-American community. United, Chicago's hometown airline, offers nearly 500 daily flights from O'Hare, which the Airport Connectivity Quality Index noted for having the best connections to other U.S. airports, large and small.

"Specifically this new route from Chicago to Havana would provide us with far better and more competitive access to the rich cultural resources of Cuba," wrote Daniel J. Schmidt, president and CEO of WTTW and WFMT, in a letter to Secretary Foxx.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 20 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

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United Airlines to Host 'United Next' Investor Event to Discuss Company Strategy

June 22, 2021

CHICAGO, June 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines will hold an investor event to provide an update on the Company's strategy. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 29 at 8:00 a.m. EDT and a live, listen-only webcast of the presentation will be available at ir.united.com.

United Advances Innovation Through Corporate Venture Capital Fund

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June 10, 2021

CHICAGO, June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines launched a new, corporate venture fund today – United Airlines Ventures – that will allow the airline to continue investing in emerging companies that have the potential to influence the future of travel. The new fund will concentrate on sustainability concepts that will complement United's goal of net zero emissions by 2050 - without relying on traditional carbon offsets - as well as revolutionary aerospace developments and innovative technologies that are expected to create value for customers and United's operation.

Warriors, United Airlines Launch Franchise Fund

Four-Month Program Will Support Small Business Advancement Goals, Provide Resources For Business Growth

June 08, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO The Golden State Warriors and United Airlines announced today the launch of Franchise Fund, a program designed to support minority-owned Bay Area small businesses. For a video explaining Franchise Fund, click here.

United Adding Supersonic Speeds with New Agreement to Buy Aircraft from Boom Supersonic

First U.S. airline to sign commercial agreement with Boom Supersonic

New aircraft will cut travel times in half and operate on up to 100% sustainable aviation fuel

June 03, 2021

CHICAGO and DENVER, June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced a commercial agreement with Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic to add aircraft to its global fleet as well as a cooperative sustainability initiative – a move that facilitates a leap forward in returning supersonic speeds to aviation.

Flying with Pride: United, Chase and Visa Join Forces in Support of LGBTQ+ Equality

Eligible United MileagePlus Visa Cardmembers earn five total miles for every dollar donated to charities supporting the LGBTQ+ community - up to $1,000 per eligible card
June 01, 2021

CHICAGO, June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration and support of Pride Month, United Airlines, Chase and Visa are collaborating to reward United Visa Cardmembers who donate to non-profit LGBTQ+ organizations. Between June 1 and June 30, 2021, eligible United MileagePlus Visa Cardmembers will receive five total miles for every dollar up to $1,000 in donations per eligible card made to the following organizations:

United Names Chief Customer Officer Toby Enqvist Executive Vice President

A 25-year industry veteran, Enqvist's promotion reflects airline's commitment to customers
May 28, 2021

CHICAGO, May 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United announced today that Chief Customer Officer Toby Enqvist has been named the airline's newest executive vice president. Enqvist was promoted yesterday by the United Airlines Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors. The promotion is effective immediately.

United Airlines to Present at the Bernstein 37th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference

May 28, 2021

CHICAGO, May 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United will present at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on Thursday, June 3. The presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. CT / 3:30 p.m. ET.

The live webcast will be available on the investor relations section of United's website at ir.united.com. The company will archive the audio webcast on the website within 24 hours of the presentation, and the webcast will be available for a limited time.

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of UAL is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

 

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United Airlines Names Edward 'Ted' Philip as Non-Executive Chairman of Its Board of Directors

May 27, 2021

CHICAGO, May 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (UAL) today announced that Edward "Ted" Philip will assume the role of non-executive chairman of the board of directors. Philip has served as a United board member since 2016, and as lead director since May 2020. Philip brings nearly three decades of corporate leadership across several industries.

United Sweepstakes Gives Vaccinated Customers a Shot to Win Free Flights, a Year of Travel

"Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes aims to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in support of the Biden administration's national effort to encourage people to get vaccinated

United is only U.S. airline where customers can upload COVID-19 testing and vaccination records directly to the airline's app and website via the Travel-Ready Center

May 24, 2021

CHICAGO, May 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines is offering its loyalty program members the chance to win free flights for a year's worth of travel, in support of the Biden administration's national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

Under the terms of the "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes, any new or existing MileagePlus® member who uploads their vaccination records to the airline's mobile app or website between today and June 22 can be entered to win a roundtrip flight for two, in any class of service, to anywhere in the world United flies. United will give away 30 pairs of tickets throughout the month of June. In addition – on July 1 United will announce five randomly selected lucky MileagePlus members who have entered our sweepstakes for a grand prize of travel for a year for themselves and a companion – also in any class of service, anywhere in the world United flies. For video and photos of the upload process, click here.

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United flies to more European destinations than any other U.S. carrier; United will expand its service to Italy and Spain which are opening to tourists
May 21, 2021

CHICAGO, May 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines applauds Spain following its decision to reopen travel to vaccinated visitors beginning June 7. The announcement comes following the European Union Council's formal recommendation that EU Member States can reopen to fully vaccinated tourists and United looks forward to welcoming back customers on over 30 daily flights to 16 destinations in Europe this summer, including service between New York/Newark and Barcelona and Madrid.

United to Present at the 14th Annual Wolfe Research Global Transportation & Industrials Conference

May 20, 2021

CHICAGO, May 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United will present at the 14th Annual Wolfe Research Global Transportation & Industrials Conference on Tuesday, May 25. The presentation will begin at 12:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. ET.

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