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Celebrating that 'can-do' attitude

By Rachel Landgraf, November 01, 2019



Stephanie Allen Airport Operations senior supervisor at Dulles International Airport (IAD), remembers when her eyes were opened to the aviation world.

"As a girl, I didn't know I could do any of this," she said. "Then in college, my friend gave me buddy passes and we went on a vacation. I decided this is the life for me. I started in customer service because there were not a lot of women on the ramp. As my career progressed, I was like, 'You know what, I can do ramp.' Now, there are a lot of women on the ramp."

Stephanie and hundreds of her fellow United female employees reiterated that can-do mantra this month, as we celebrated Girls in Aviation Day at a record number 14 stations across the system on October 2 and 5, welcoming more than 500 young girls to various events.

From sampling food and taking in a cart demo at Denver International Airport (DEN) to being captivated by a K-9 demonstration at Orlando International Airport (MCO), from networking with pilots and flight attendants at Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG) to getting a maintenance tour at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and more, the girls, who all came from local nonprofit partners United partnered with in communities that normally don't have access to these hands-on opportunities, received a behind-the-scenes look of our operations and heard from women who hold various roles at United.

"It was really inspirational," said 12-year-old Annika who can be seen with fellow girls from the Aero Club of Washington in the video above enjoying their day at IAD. "They (female employees) explained to us how they felt when they first got into their careers when the majority was men. Now, it's really cool to see how many women are in this industry."

"It takes a village to make an airplane fly," said Deanna Ketterer, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport 767/757 First Officer. "The girls got to see parts of the operation I rely on every single time I do my job. For them to get any one of these careers, not just be a pilot, would be a win for United."

Domestically, all of United's hubs and MCO took part in celebrating along with San Diego International Airport (SAN). Internationally, London Heathrow (LHR) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) participated for the second year in a row, while Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG), Edinburgh (EDI) and Leonardo da Vinci International(FCO) hosted festivities for the first time. You can see photos of all the girls smiling, posing and practicing the various jobs in the photo gallery below.

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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