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Employees make a difference in AIDS/LifeCycle ride

By The Hub team, June 11, 2018

Two of our employees stand out among the many thousands of participants in this year's AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile, San Francisco to Los Angeles bicycle ride that raises money for AIDS/HIV services in California. More than 2,800 people participated in this year's ride, and fundraising totals are expected to exceed the $15.1 million raised last year for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Los Angeles-based flight attendant Ken Thomason has ridden the AIDS/LifeCycle ride every year since 1995 as part of a team that has helped him fundraise for this critical issue. Known as the "Chicken Lady" for the toy chicken that rides on his helmet, Ken has lifted riders' spirits with his humorous costumes and for his long-standing practice of putting a chocolate egg and inspirational quote in each of the 2,800 riders' bicycle baskets on the last day of the ride. Ken says he rides to honor the friends he's lost to the disease, and each of their names is inscribed on his helmet.

Ancillary Pricing Director James Sumers has participated in the ride for the last seven years. This year, James raised $50,000, bringing his lifetime total fundraising to more than $200,000.

When I started riding in AIDS/LifeCycle in 2012, I mainly did it as a personal physical challenge, but after that first year I saw how the ride not only raised a ton of money for HIV/AIDS services, but also how it fought the stigma of the disease and memorialized those who have died, James said. At the end of Day 1, back in 2012, when I started to question what I had gotten myself into, I rode into Santa Cruz past a woman holding a sign with a photo, the years 1950-1996, and a simple 'Thank You,'" he added. I now ride not only for her brother, but also for the countless other people whose stories have touched me over the years.

United's shared purpose is to connect people and unite the world. The AIDS/LifeCycle ride connects our two West Coast hubs, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and more importantly, connects people through an incredible cause to raise money for HIV/AIDS testing, medical care and prevention, and to raise awareness to end the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and honor those who have passed from AIDS-related causes.

We could not be more proud of the contributions of our employees who participated as riders and fundraisers as well as those who volunteered their time on the 545-mile course, said California President Janet Lamkin.

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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