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Quebec City: A taste of France

By Bob Cooper

Few cities so close to the U.S. are as delightful as Quebec City. The French culture and language make it a little like visiting a charming French city — minus the jet lag. Adding to the appeal is the far northern location, 60 miles from northern Maine, which makes it a white wonderland all winter and a cool escape in summer. And even in spring and fall, the fun-loving French-Canadian spirit of the city help make it a wonderfully worthwhile destination.

Snow-sational winters

It's fortunate that Quebec City residents (called "Quebecois") embrace winter because it lasts long enough to host snow-dependent events in late-March, such as the World Cup Final in cross-country skiing in 2019 and 2020. Visitors, too, can count on trying an array of outdoor snow and ice activities anytime during the winter, from skiing at any of three downhill and four Nordic skiing areas nearby to snowmobiling and dog sledding. Also close to the city is Village Vacances Valcartier, North America's largest winter playground, with dozens of snow rafting and tube sliding runs and a kilometer-long ice "skateway."

Sun-sational summers

If you prefer sun to snow, come in the summer for temperatures that are typically in the comfy 70s. Cyclists and runners can follow the recreation paths that hug the city's two rivers: the St. Charles, which bisects the city, and the mighty St. Lawrence, which traces its eastern border. On the St. Lawrence you can also take a boat trip for brunch, dinner or simply taking in the sights. If you want to get closer to the water, try rafting the nearby Jacques Cartier River, or you can stay dry while hiking in Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

Fantastic festivals

Whether you arrive in winter or summer, there's a number of Quebec City events that can add to the fun during your visit. Five days of New Year's Eve festivities (December 28-January 1) is only a warmup for the city's Carnaval de Quebec (February 8-17) — North America's biggest winter festival — with activities ranging from an ice canoe race on the St. Lawrence to night parades and concerts. The big event of summer is the Festival d'ete de Quebec (July 4-14), a music extravaganza featuring 250 shows across all music genres that collectively draws 325,000 music fans to 10 city-center venues.

Worth a weekend (or more)

Festival or not, there's plenty to see and do in Quebec City during a long weekend or a relaxing week. Most sights are walking distance apart, or you can use Uber (which also goes to the airport). The towering Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral is a literal high point in the Historic District, which merits UNESCO Heritage Site status as the only walled North American city to preserve its ramparts, bastions and gates. Close by are the Fortifications, the Citadel, Battlefields Park and several major museums, all on or overlooking the St. Lawrence and worth the visit.

A taste of France

Some of the city's best restaurants are fortuitously close to Old Quebec's fortified walls — or inside the walls, such as those sprinkled in among the quaint shops of Place Royale. Like so much in Quebec City, the accent is on French. Even if you can't score a reservation at acclaimed Le Saint-Amour or Champlain — found inside the 125-year-old Chateau Frontenac grand hotel — you can enjoy French culinary traditions at other French-style restaurants, creperies, coffeehouses, bistros and brasseries.

Getting there

Once you have your passport, you're ready to reserve your flight. United Airlines flies from Newark and seasonally from Chicago to Quebec City, and MileagePlus® award miles can be redeemed to cover accommodations and Hertz rentals. Go to united.com or use the United app to plan your trip.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
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    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
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    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
    • The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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