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United in equality

By The Hub team, November 17, 2017

It was announced this week that we — for the seventh consecutive year — achieved a score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index (CEI). For 16 years, the CEI has been a national benchmarking measure for U.S. corporations in regard to their policies and practices towards LGBTQ employees, and each year they compile the list of "Best Places to work for LGBTQ Equality," on which we were honored to be included.

Michael Quiello, United's vice president of corporate safety serves as executive sponsor of United's LGBTQ-focused business resource group EQUAL. "As a global company serving a diverse range of communities, the richness of our own different backgrounds, cultures, experiences and ideas brings enormous value to the organization, and I'm proud to be a part of a team that celebrates this," said Quiello. "The Human Rights Campaign's recognition seven years running is a powerful validation that we're continuing down the right path."

To help cultivate inclusivity, United's Diversity and Inclusion team encouraged the formation of several Business Resource Groups (BRGs) that serve as platforms for employee advocacy. Today, there are five BRGs that represent the company's diversity, including one for multi-cultural employees, women, veterans, millennials and LGBT employees. The LGBT group, EQUAL, is one of the fastest growing at United, with the addition of three new chapters in San Francisco, Newark and Washington D.C.

EQUAL regularly invites speakers to address its membership on topics that affect the community, and it provides advocacy and support to United's leaders on areas of policy. EQUAL also partners with local non-profits to sponsor and participate in events and initiatives throughout the year. Each June, the group takes part in several Pride events across the country, and in October they work to combat LGBT youth bullying through a nationwide Spirit Day. This year we held Pride celebration events in over 20 locations and participated in six Pride parades, while also celebrating Spirit Day in multiple locations. This year, they additionally supported the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Teen Living Program and the Chicago House through philanthropic events and participating in the AIDS Run/Walks -- where they raised more than $5,000 for these groups.

Diversity initiatives and equal rights are the foundation upon which the celebration of differences is built, but true inclusion is an attitude and a core belief. We are proud to join the other select companies that have earned the distinction from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for supporting the LGBTQ community in civil rights policies and practices, and workplace inclusion.

United Awards Free Flights for a Year to Winners of "Your Shot to Fly" Sweepstakes

Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
By United Newsroom, July 29, 2021

CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the five lucky grand prize winners of its "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes, who will each get to fly anywhere in the world United flies with a companion over the course of the next year. The winners of the "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes are:

  • Ashley Cronkhite from Bradenton, FL
  • Robert Simicak from Cleveland, OH
  • Sean Husmoe from Goodyear, AZ
  • Lauren Aldredge from Oakland CA
  • Lauren M. from San Francisco, CA

The sweepstakes was in support of the Biden administration's ongoing national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination and encouraged United's MileagePlus® loyalty members to upload their vaccine records to United. In less than a month, more than one million MileagePlus members uploaded their vaccine cards to the United app and website for a shot to win one of the grand prizes. In June the airline awarded 30 first prize winners with a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere United flies.

United First U.S. Airline to Offer Economy Customers Option to Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on select flights, all United customers – no matter what cabin of service they're flying in – can use the airline's award-winning mobile app and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages up to five days before they're scheduled to travel. United is the first and only U.S. airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages, a reflection of the customer experience transformation underway at the airline.

United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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