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United employees bring home a new 787-9

By The Hub team, March 01, 2016

Nearly 200 employees boarded our brand-new Boeing 787-9 Tuesday morning in Seattle and flew to Chicago, marking the aircraft's first flight and the delivery of our 15th 787-9.

Inviting our employees on the first flight of an aircraft – one of the most-liked and most innovative aircraft types in the world – is a true signal that employees will lead this company into the future. We'll use the 787-9 on our newly announced San Francisco-Singapore route, which will be the longest U.S.-based flight in the world.

The front-line employees on board the special delivery flight represented all major work groups and were chosen by their leaders for their consistently excellent performance. Additionally, a group of about 20 employees who helped roll out the iPhone 6 Plus devices our flight attendants use in flight to assist customers were recognized through participation in this flight.

Boeing treated the employees to a tour of the Museum of Flight followed by a dinner on Monday. The celebration continued Tuesday morning, as selected employees "signed" for the aircraft and officially took the keys.

"I was amazed that out of everybody, I was called to sign for this aircraft. Everyone here was deserving," said Rick Balajadia, a lead ramp service employee in Guam. "It was a real honor."

Once on board, several United officers served food and drinks to our employees throughout the celebratory flight.

"I feel like a rock star," said Flight Attendant Amy Leonhardt after deplaning in Chicago. "I've been here since 1998 and have never experienced anything like this – the camaraderie, the energy. It was just a wonderful feeling of 'we are United.' It was such an honor to be part of this."

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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