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Girls in Aviation

Girls can soar in aviation

By The Hub team, September 23, 2016

Since 1990, Women in Aviation International has been encouraging women of all ages to think about a career in aviation. In recent years, the nonprofit organization thought of a way for girls around the globe to get involved by creating Girls in Aviation Day. This day takes place on September 24 and is meant to inspire young girls to pursue careers in all aviation fields. To celebrate, our Chicago and San Francisco hub airports will be hosting girls interested in aviation from various programs — they'll get to participate in a tour of the airport and a panel discussion with female employees at United.

Whether you aspire to work in the aviation industry or you're merely interested in it, Girls in Aviation Day is a great way to learn more about the field, as well as the many opportunities available to women. Meet three of the young girls attending Saturday's events.

Nicole Baird with Pilot Father

Meet Nicole

Nicole Baird has grown up around the aviation industry for most of her life, due in large part to her dad working as a pilot for United. As a result, she has found an interest in aircraft including their history, which can be seen in her enthusiasm for her dad's WWII plane that she often gets to fly in. She is currently a senior in high school and plans to study aerospace engineering in the future. With this expertise she intends to acquire her private pilot's license in hopes of becoming an astronaut. Knowing her career goals, Nicole hopes to gain advice and insights into the industry at the events she'll be participating in during Girls in Aviation Day.

Praise Wright

Meet Praise

Like Nicole, aviation is in Praise Wright's blood. Her mom currently works in the industry and her uncle used to fly in the Air Force. So it's no surprise that Praise, who is currently a sophomore in high school, is interested in a career in aviation. Interested in aeronautical engineering, she is hopeful that her interests will lead to an education around flying and maintaining aircraft. Praise is determined to follow her dreams and looks forward to learning what it takes to become a pilot, in addition to all of the other careers available to her in the aviation industry.

Amaria Winfield

Finally, meet Amaria

Identifying exactly which area in the aviation industry is right for you isn't always the easiest. This is the case for Amaria Winfield, a senior in high school. Nonetheless, she is excited to learn more and discover which aspect of aviation is the best fit for her. With no prior background, she still realizes that transportation, especially flight, is a major part of our lives. Amaria finds flying fascinating and has had nothing but wonderful experiences in the air. Eager to learn more, she believes the events taking place on Saturday will help to advance her understanding of this nonstop industry.

Even though all three of the girls above have different aspirations, they all have a common bond in their fascination with the aviation industry. At United, being a woman in aviation does not limit you to certain areas or roles within the field. There are so many different jobs in this industry that any woman can pursue. Girls in Aviation Day creates opportunities for young girls to understand the industry and all of the careers it has to offer.

Girls in Aviation Day Events

Girls in Aviation Day events on September 24th were a natural success. These events were hosted by uIMPACT, our women's business resource group, at ORD and SFO on Saturday. All of the girls participating were full of questions about the countless career opportunities available in aviation and were able to talk with employees about their job on a day to day basis. In addition to meeting a variety of female employees at United, the girls were able to tour the airport, as well as a Boeing 777.

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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