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United honored for 30-year commitment to China

By Matt Adams, December 16, 2016

For 30 years we have looked to China as a source of growth and opportunity for our airline, a vision that was celebrated last night at a gala hosted by the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) in New York.

The event commemorated the NCUSCR's 50th year of helping cultivate positive bilateral relations between the U.S. and China. As part of the festivities, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and business leader Maurice Greenberg received lifetime achievement awards for their nearly five decades of service to the NCUSCR and their contributions to political and economic cooperation between the United States and China. We along with Boeing were each honored for corporate contributions towards strengthening Sino-American relations.

United CEO, Oscar Munoz pictured with former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger United CEO, Oscar Munoz pictured with former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger

Norman Peng and Ada Gong, international service directors based in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, traveled to New York to attend the gala, alongside our CEO Oscar Munoz and a dozen employees, including several flight attendants and pilots from across the country.

“My colleagues heard that I was invited, and they were all very excited," Ada said. “I looked forward to meeting my fellow employees from the U.S. and seeing what I can learn from them, and of course hearing from Oscar about our company's plans for China."

Oscar accepted the award from the NCUSCR on behalf of United, and in his speech he talked about our years of service to China and the importance the country will have as we continue to develop our airline into a global leader. “Twenty years from now, when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our service, China is expected to emerge as the world's largest air traffic market," he said. “We view that as much a success for United and for Boeing, helping us create jobs and value in the U.S., which means it's a success for American and Chinese cities."

CEO, Oscar Munoz accepts the award from NCUSCR on behalf of United CEO, Oscar Munoz accepts the award from NCUSCR on behalf of United

For her part, Ada was immensely proud of the high profile that United enjoys in her home country. “The United name is quite popular in China, because we've been there for many years," she said. “We were the first U.S. airline to fly into Shanghai, so the Chinese people know the name United." Like the Committee, Oscar and our company as a whole, Ada, too, was excited about the future of U.S.-China air travel. “Shanghai is one of the largest financial centers in China now, and that likely won't change — I think that it will become more and more important in years to come — and we offer the most flights to Shanghai now. And there's the other side of it as well; it's quite easy to get a U.S. visa in China, and many Chinese want to go to the U.S. for visits and want to send their children there for their education."

United has helped make the world a smaller and more accessible place for nearly a century, a tradition that we are proud to continue as we grow our presence in China's secondary markets, opening the door for the cultural, economic and educational exchange that is vital to citizens of both our nations.

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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