The 75th Commemoration: Honoring Those Who Served at Pearl Harbor - United Hub

The 75th Commemoration: Honoring those who served at Pearl Harbor

By The Hub team, December 07, 2016

On December 7, 1941 the attack on Pearl Harbor and 6 other military bases on Oahu, Hawaii precipitated the United States' involvement in World War II, a day that will long be remembered in history. As this year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack, veterans Donald Stratton, Louis (Lou) Conter, Lauren Bruner and Howard Kenton (Ken) Potts will return to Honolulu for a weeklong commemoration event hosted by the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

To honor those who served, we provided United First® class airfare for the remaining survivors of the USS Arizona as well as their family members for the weeklong commemoration in Honolulu. Family members of John Anderson and Claredon Hetrick, who passed away recently, also traveled in remembrance of their loved ones who were on board the USS Arizona during the attack. As an ultimate tribute to this day, Claredon Hetrick's remains will be spread at the site of the USS Arizona.

“On behalf of United's many veteran employees, I thank these brave men for their service," said Jim Casey, president of United's veterans' business resource group. “Being the exclusive carrier to reconnect the men from the USS Arizona to Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary is an absolute honor, and I am so grateful to our many employees who came together to make these sendoffs events so special."

Mr. Lou Conter who flew with us from San Francisco to Honolulu last week graciously agreed to speak with us on this historic occasion. "Our mission is to teach the kids in school so that something like Pearl Harbor doesn't happen again," he said, as he departed last week.

To further recognize these men for their heroism, employees decked out departure gates with festive decorations and some of our employees who are military veterans themselves presented each survivor with a memorial plaque and a model United airplane as a tribute for their service. Employees cheered and celebratory honor guards and military personnel saluted these brave men as they boarded their flights for Honolulu.

In addition to the survivors from the USS Arizona, we are also providing airfare for 20 World War II vets to travel to the commemoration at Pearl Harbor. We are also proud to be the primary sponsor of the PBS Documentary, Remember Pearl Harbor­, which will premiere on December 4 at the museum. For more information on the 75th Commemoration visit http://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com/.

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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