Have Love, Will Travel - United Hub

Have love, will travel

By The Hub team, February 14, 2018

United couple at the Great Wall of China

On January 20, on the sunny shores of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Flight Attendants Yolanta Gustafson and Jake Fisher joined in holy matrimony, to have and to hold, wherever in the world they might be. It's a wonderful reminder this Valentine's Day that love blossoms in unexpected places.

Yolanta, a subsidiary-United flight attendant, and Jake, who comes from the subsidiary-Continental side, met while flying standby a few years back. The relationship began on firm footing, first as friends and work confidantes, before developing into something more two years ago when Jake asked Yolanta on their first date.

In true flight attendant fashion, it wasn't your standard dinner-and-a-movie fare. The pair hopped a flight to Brussels and ended up taking the train into Paris for a three-day getaway where they bonded over a shared love of art while touring the Louvre.

As in every great romance story, effort has been the key to Yolanta and Jake's success, particularly when they find themselves separated by several time zones. "When we're in the same city at the same time, we make a point to have dinner together," Yolanta said, "It's just about making time for each other."

And sharing a profession means sharing a greater understanding of one another. "In this job, you need the support of family and friends, and you need a partner who understands your career," she continued. "We each know the ins and outs of doing this, that there's going to be time away. But we also have a rule that we don't talk about work when we're at home."

United couple on their wedding day

While their schedules can make things interesting, they wouldn't have it any other way. As they both point out, fate may have sealed the deal, but the airline brought them together. They enjoy being on the move and try to travel someplace new as a couple at least every other month.

They haven't gotten around to having an official honeymoon yet but hope to jet off to Bali, Indonesia, in the coming months. In the meantime, they're relishing the newlywed life, the perfect merger of two soul mates.

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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