'Inclusion Revolution' Takes Center Stage - United Hub

‘Inclusion Revolution’ takes center stage

By The Hub team

As the official airline sponsor of this celebration, we hosted a tent at the event, where more than 50 employee volunteers welcomed festivalgoers with giveaways, a digital photo booth and a message board where you could post an inspirational message for Special Olympics athletes. Those who stopped by the tent also had the opportunity to take photos with three Special Olympics athletes from our Superheroes ad campaign — Nikki Jones (aka Lane Lightening), Novie Craven (aka Bocce Boss) and Michael Schmidt (aka Super Hooper). The full-day event at Soldier Field also offered family-friendly activities, including sports, rides and games, exhibits, food and live entertainment.

It was so fun to see the faces of the athletes when we gave them the United Special Olympics pins, said Marketing Operations Program Manager Kathy Shrode, who volunteered at the event. "They were so thankful and you know they were going to treasure it."

Aerial view of United's tent at the Day of Inclusion events

The excitement continued into the night at the Global Day of Inclusion Celebration Concert, featuring performances by Chance the Rapper, Usher, Smokey Robinson and more. We also received a spotlight as our CEO, Oscar Munoz, took the stage to say a few words on behalf of the company.

You're here to be part of something much bigger, much more human, much more connected. You're clearly building a world that's united. Thank you so much, all of you, for being part of this, enjoy the rest of your night, enjoy the celebration, said Oscar, who was joined on stage by Bree Bogucki, a Special Olympics Illinois ambassador and athlete.

Oscar at the photo booth tent with festivalgoers

Chicago O'Hare based First Officer Gerald Boeckmann was one of five employees who were selected to be part of the anniversary celebration. Gerald's 17-year-old son Noah has Down Syndrome and has been a Special Olympics athlete for the last eight years, competing in various sports. Special Olympics is very important not only to Noah but also to his two sisters and Gerald.

It's exhilarating to be a part of this, and, when I was notified that we were one of the families to be selected, the kids were jumping off the floor, said Gerald. "I give credit to all the volunteers and caretakers who work with kids with special needs, and I thank Oscar and United for bringing all of us together."

Special Olympics launched its mission at Soldier Field in 1968 and has since grown to involve 4.5 million athletes from over 170 countries.

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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