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In the spotlight: Our partnership with Global Glimpse

By The Hub team, September 27, 2018

On Tuesday, our Community Affairs VP Sharon Grant appeared on Windy City Live, a Chicago daytime talk show, to spotlight our partnership with Global Glimpse and how it aligns with our mission of connecting people and uniting the world. Sharon serves on the Board of Directors at Global Glimpse, a not-for-profit organization that provides high school students from diverse backgrounds with the skills, confidence and perspective needed to succeed in the 21st century global economy through first-hand exposure to different countries, cultures and people.

Sharon was joined by two Global Glimpse students, Aaliyah Tinsley of Lindblom Math and Science Academy and Zoe Thomsen of Kenwood Academy. The girls, who grew up on opposite sides of town in Chicago, got a chance to travel to the Dominican Republic for a 16-day international immersion experience over the summer. Both Aaliyah and Zoe expressed their gratitude to Global Glimpse for providing them with the opportunity to experience a new place, learn about a different culture and most importantly, find lasting friendships.

"We first met on the trip and realized we shared the same views on certain things so we bonded and kind of became a team and want to support each other in what we want to do to make improvements to the world," said Zoe.

Since launching our partnership in 2015, we've helped Global Glimpse in its mission to open up the world to young people from various backgrounds so they can come together to enact positive change. As the official and exclusive airline partner for Global Glimpse, we provide air travel for more than 1,000 students embarking on the life-changing international experience each year.

"We are very proud of our partnership with Global Glimpse and we are in a unique position at United to connect these students to the world," said Sharon. "It's clear today that both Aaliyah and Zoe have returned home with new skills, confidence, and perspective to tackle complex issues in our local Chicago and global community."

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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