Following in Her Father's Footsteps - United Hub

Following in her father's footsteps

By The Hub team

B737 First Officer Tamela DeMik was first exposed to aviation as a young girl watching her father, B737 Captain Randy DeMik, head off to work in his United uniform. When he returned from a trip, he would come home bringing gifts from his travels (which ended up frequently being airplane peanuts and plastic wings). On family vacations, Tamela remembers her father requiring a visit to the flight deck of a variety of fleets to get an in-depth description of functionality of gears and flaps.

For Tamela's tenth birthday, she asked to tag along on a trip with her dad. It was such an amazing and influential experience flying with her father from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia then onto San Diego. The flight attendants even made her a birthday crown for the celebration. It was in high school when Tamela made the decision to make being a pilot her lifetime career. Her parents supported her dreams and enrolled her into flight lessons at a local airport. Tamela earned her Private Pilot's License in 1999 at the age of 17 and went on to attend Purdue University in 2003 and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Technology.

During Tamela's sophomore year at college, the September 11th tragedy occurred. The effect on the aviation industry was profound and as her senior year approached she called her father and asked for advice. That was when he recommended the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve.

Captain Randy DeMik giving his daughter, First Officer Tamela DeMik her United wings at her new hire ceremony. Captain Randy DeMik giving his daughter, First Officer Tamela DeMik her United wings at her new hire ceremony.

Tamela completed multiple deployments overseas, flew missions around the world, worked full time in the office planning missions and spent five years as the Wing Chief of Safety. After her 13 years of service, it was time for a new challenge and commercial airline hiring had accelerated. Tamela made the big leap and worked towards her original dream again, flying as her father's copilot at United.

Our training department became aware of the DeMik's and surprised them by allowing Randy to notify Tamela that she had been a successful candidate and was offered a first officer position. Randy was also given the opportunity to hand his daughter her wings at the training center and to be the first to welcome her to the United family. Randy and Tamela fly the same aircraft, the B737, and recently through a chance happening they had the opportunity to fly United's customers as a father-daughter crew. So many people have been influential in Tamela's journey, including her mother, sister, mentors, coworkers and friends, but it has been a very special relationship with her father that she feels forever grateful for.

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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