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United receives multiple honors for sustainability efforts

By The Hub team, December 02, 2016

Those of us in the airline industry have a shared responsibility to evaluate the way we do business to ensure that we operate in an environmentally conscious manner. For years, we at United have dedicated ourselves to reducing the airline's carbon emissions, and over the past week we've seen those efforts acknowledged in several significant ways.

First, United was recognized in the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) 2016 Leadership Index for minimizing our carbon footprint and ensuring that we are following the best practices to address climate change. CDP is an independent, international nonprofit organization that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. Our A-minus rating placed United in the top-tier "Leadership" category and was the highest rating of any U.S. airline. The average score for companies inside and outside of the airline industry is a "C," so we are proud to be considered a leader in our environmental commitments and actions.

On November 1, we received the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award, given to Illinois-based organizations that demonstrate a commitment to preserving environmental, social and economic health through innovative sustainability practices. The governor's award came thanks in part to our investment in the biofuel company Fulcrum BioEnergy – the largest aviation biofuel investment in history – and our efforts to help develop a sustainable alternative to petroleum in the aviation industry, as well as our comprehensive sustainability strategy that includes recycling and upcycling initiatives and our introduction of sustainable inflight coffee and amenity products.

Our biofuel program also received the 2016 Airports Going Green Award after being nominated by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). This award affirmed the value of the program, as well as our outstanding leadership in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry. We continue to bring sustainable aviation biofuel into the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) fuel farm, where it has been blended with traditional fuel since March 2016.

Last week, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) honored us with the CAAFI Commercial Production Trailblazer Award for our pioneering development and use of commercial-scale alternative jet fuel at LAX in partnership with AltAir Fuels.

In addition to these recent awards, earlier this year we were named one of the Leading Airlines for Biofuel in the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard, which rates airlines worldwide on their sourcing and use of biofuel. Additionally, we were recognized with the Chapter Mission Award by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois Chapter for our decades-long commitment to sustainability.

While we are extremely proud of these accomplishments in sustainability, we still consider this just the beginning and will continue to push ourselves and the industry toward a more sustainable future. For more information on our Eco-Skies commitment to the environment, please visit united.com/ecoskies.

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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