Reveling in the Blue-Green Waters of Havasu - United Hub

Reveling in the blue-green waters of Havasu

By The Hub team

Each week we will profile one of our employee's adventures across the globe, featuring a new location for every employee's story. Follow along every week to learn more about their travel experiences.

By SFO Recruiting Coordinator Jodie Marcaida

Jodie Marcaida surrounded by friends in Havasu FallsRaphy Cruz

I'm not an avid hiker, but being in nature, traveling and spontaneous outdoor adventures fuel my energies above anything else. I have always been fond of waterfalls, so after seeing posts on Instagram of a sublime blue-green waterfall, known as Havasu Falls within the Grand Canyon, I was continuously intrigued in going there.

My friends and I decided on planning a trip there for Memorial Day weekend. However, it's been a struggle to reach the campsite hotline all year round - especially if you're trying to go on holidays. They only have one contact number, and you could find yourself waiting countless hours or days glued to the phone, hearing the same beep and voicemail sound. As I was thinking of a perfect birthday getaway, I thought of Havasu again and decided to try my luck. Imagine my joy when, after a couple of rings, someone actually answered. I didn't think I would be able to go there so soon, but I'm so happy I was able to celebrate another year of my existence there and cross it off my travel bucket list.

The blue-green waters in Havasu Falls.Raphy Cruz

We flew to LAS (Las Vegas) then drove for four hours to Supai, Arizona. The trailhead starts at the Hualapai Hilltop parking lot and leads to the Supai village for a good eight-mile trek, and then two more miles to the Havasu Falls itself. Havasu Falls lies within the Havasupai Reservation and is administered by the people of blue-green waters, more commonly known as the Havasupai Tribe. This place attracts thousands of visitors each year, which is a main reason why it's hard to book a room or campsite. In order to hike the trails you will need a permit and can only, but also easily, obtain one by calling the lodge or camping office.

I suggest spending two to three days in the area, so you can visit the other waterfalls, such as Little Navajo, Beaver Falls and Mooney Falls; find the "secret falls" and even go as far as the Colorado River. The water there is a pure aqua blue, which we were informed is attributed to the bicarbonate and minerals found in the water. Not only is the color beautiful, but the water is also completely fresh to drink. The 20-mile hike roundtrip was not an easy feat, but seeing four of the waterfalls nestled within the Grand Canyon in a span of two days was totally worth it.

If you don't want to hike the entire time, you can also rent saddleback mules or book a helicopter ride. But, of course, we opted for a full-on hiking experience by completing the whole trail on foot. If you ever plan to go, make sure to bring a lot of layers, water, food and a positive attitude to survive the hike.

A friend of Jodie's resting near the edge of a waterfall.Raphy Cruz

Campsite reservations for this year began on February 1, while the hotel lodge booking for next year starts on June 1. Unfortunately, all the rooms for 2017 have been fully booked. But whether you choose to camp out or stay in the lodge, this trip will definitely be one of the most memorable experiences you'll ever have.

I'm very grateful that working for United has allowed me to go to places I once thought would only be remotely possible to visit in my lifetime. This trip was my favorite hiking trip to date and most memorable birthday yet.

United Airlines Plans to Begin Flights Between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria in November

United to operate the first ever nonstop flight between Washington, D.C. and Lagos and offer more flights between D.C. and Africa than any other carrier
By United Newsroom, September 17, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today that new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria will begin November 29 (subject to government approval). The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria's largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers. Tickets will be available for sale on united.com and the United app this weekend.

"This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of international network and alliances. "On behalf of all of United we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service."

"We are honored to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent," said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region's gateway to the world."

United will operate this route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris® business class lie-flat seats, 21 United Premium Plus® premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus® seats and 158 standard economy seats. This flight is the only service between the U.S. and Nigeria to offer premium economy product. Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

This new flight builds on United's expansion into Africa and solidifies United's leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline. Just this year, United launched new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana. And this December and January, United will increase its service to Accra from three weekly flights to daily* as customers travel home for the winter holidays. United is also returning its popular service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa on December 1.

United's new flights comply with each country's COVID-19 protocols and customers should check destination requirements before traveling.

Making International Travel Easier

United is the only U.S. airline to offer its own one-stop-shop where customers can conveniently get "travel-ready" by finding a location to schedule a COVID-19 test as well as upload and store their test results and vaccination records directly through the airline's website and award-winning mobile app with the Travel-Ready Center. The airline's easy-to-use travel tool available on United's mobile app enables customers to reduce stress and save valuable time at the airport right from the palm of their hand. United also announced a collaboration with Abbott and became the first U.S. carrier to set up an easy way for international travelers to bring a CDC-approved test with them, self-administer while abroad, and return home.

United Next

United is more focused than ever on its commitment to customers and employees. In addition to today's announcement, United has recently:

  • Launched an ambitious plan to transform the United customer experience by adding and upgrading hundreds of aircraft as well as investing in features like larger overhead bins, seatback entertainment in every seat and the industry's fastest available Wi-Fi.
  • Announced a goal to create 25,000 unionized jobs by 2026 that includes careers as pilots, flight attendants, agents, technicians, and dispatchers.
  • Announced that United will train at least 5,000 pilots by 2030 through the United Aviate Academy, with the plan of at least half being women and people of color.
  • Required all U.S. employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Became the first airline to offer customers the ability to check their destination's travel requirements, schedule COVID-19 tests and more on its mobile app and website. 
  • Invested in emerging technologies that are designed to decarbonize air travel, like an agreement to work with urban air mobility company Archer, an investment in aircraft startup Heart Aerospace and a purchase agreement with Boom Supersonic.
  • Committed to going 100% green by 2050 by reducing 100% of our greenhouse gas emissions without relying on traditional carbon offsets, including a recent agreement to  purchase one and a half times the amount of all of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced Sustainable Aviation Fuel commitments combined.
  • Eliminated change fees for all economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S.

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United has the most comprehensive route network among North American carriers, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  For more about how to join the United team, please visit united.com/careers and more information about the company is at united.com. United Airlines Holdings, Inc. is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

*daily flights to Accra this winter are subject to government approval

 

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United, Honeywell Invest in New Clean Tech Venture from Alder Fuels, Powering Biggest Sustainable Fuel Agreement in Aviation History

United agrees to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over 20 years - which is one and a half times the size of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced SAF commitments combined
By United Newsroom, September 09, 2021

CHICAGO and DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United and Honeywell today announced a joint multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels – a cleantech company that is pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale by converting abundant biomass, such as forest and crop waste, into sustainable low-carbon, drop-in replacement crude oil that can be used to produce aviation fuel. When used together across the fuel lifecycle, the Alder technologies, coupled with Honeywell's Ecofining™ process, could have the ability to produce a carbon-negative fuel at spec with today's jet fuel. The goal of the technologies is to produce fuel that is a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum jet fuel.

United Airlines to Present at the 14th Annual Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference

By United Newsroom, September 01, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United (NASDAQ:UAL) will present at the 14th Annual Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference on Thursday, September 9. The presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. ET.

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