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Happy Halloween to United's biggest little fan

By Matt Adams

Meet 5-year-old Fisher Edwards, a little boy from Houston who might just be the biggest United fan we've come across in a while. So much so that this year, when the kids in his class at school decorated pumpkins for Halloween, Fisher decided to craft one as an homage to his favorite airline, showing off some serious creativity in the process.

Fisher pictured with his United pumpkin

But he doesn't stop at pumpkins. While his twin brother, Hunter, enjoys watching cartoons, Fisher prefers YouTube videos of United aircraft. All it takes is for him to hear the word United, and his face lights up. "When we fly, he gets on the plane and yells out, 'I love United!'" said his mom, Jennifer, laughing.

What was the origin of this obsession, you may ask. Well, it all started with a rough beginning to a flight and the kindness of some crew members whom Fisher has never forgotten.

"Fisher gets very anxious, and new environments can be difficult for him," Jennifer said. "We were flying United to California and he was having a hard time. But the flight attendants came over and were so kind, then one of the pilots came out and shook his hand, and that was it; that made his day."

Since then, Fisher can't wait to get to the airport for a close-up look at the planes taking off and landing, and he still gets excited when meeting flight attendants and pilots.

Today we're wishing Fisher — and all the men and women (here at United and elsewhere) who take time to make a child's day a little brighter — a very happy Halloween. We hope to see you on board again soon, Fisher.

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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