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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 Airlines Plans to Begin Flights Between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria in November

United to operate the first ever nonstop flight between Washington, D.C. and Lagos and offer more flights between D.C. and Africa than any other carrier
By United Newsroom, September 17, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today that new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria will begin November 29 (subject to government approval). The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria's largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers. Tickets will be available for sale on united.com and the United app this weekend.

"This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of international network and alliances. "On behalf of all of United we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service."

"We are honored to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent," said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region's gateway to the world."

United will operate this route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris® business class lie-flat seats, 21 United Premium Plus® premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus® seats and 158 standard economy seats. This flight is the only service between the U.S. and Nigeria to offer premium economy product. Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

This new flight builds on United's expansion into Africa and solidifies United's leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline. Just this year, United launched new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana. And this December and January, United will increase its service to Accra from three weekly flights to daily* as customers travel home for the winter holidays. United is also returning its popular service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa on December 1.

United's new flights comply with each country's COVID-19 protocols and customers should check destination requirements before traveling.

Making International Travel Easier

United is the only U.S. airline to offer its own one-stop-shop where customers can conveniently get "travel-ready" by finding a location to schedule a COVID-19 test as well as upload and store their test results and vaccination records directly through the airline's website and award-winning mobile app with the Travel-Ready Center. The airline's easy-to-use travel tool available on United's mobile app enables customers to reduce stress and save valuable time at the airport right from the palm of their hand. United also announced a collaboration with Abbott and became the first U.S. carrier to set up an easy way for international travelers to bring a CDC-approved test with them, self-administer while abroad, and return home.

United Next

United is more focused than ever on its commitment to customers and employees. In addition to today's announcement, United has recently:

  • Launched an ambitious plan to transform the United customer experience by adding and upgrading hundreds of aircraft as well as investing in features like larger overhead bins, seatback entertainment in every seat and the industry's fastest available Wi-Fi.
  • Announced a goal to create 25,000 unionized jobs by 2026 that includes careers as pilots, flight attendants, agents, technicians, and dispatchers.
  • Announced that United will train at least 5,000 pilots by 2030 through the United Aviate Academy, with the plan of at least half being women and people of color.
  • Required all U.S. employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Became the first airline to offer customers the ability to check their destination's travel requirements, schedule COVID-19 tests and more on its mobile app and website. 
  • Invested in emerging technologies that are designed to decarbonize air travel, like an agreement to work with urban air mobility company Archer, an investment in aircraft startup Heart Aerospace and a purchase agreement with Boom Supersonic.
  • Committed to going 100% green by 2050 by reducing 100% of our greenhouse gas emissions without relying on traditional carbon offsets, including a recent agreement to  purchase one and a half times the amount of all of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced Sustainable Aviation Fuel commitments combined.
  • Eliminated change fees for all economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S.

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United has the most comprehensive route network among North American carriers, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  For more about how to join the United team, please visit united.com/careers and more information about the company is at united.com. United Airlines Holdings, Inc. is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

*daily flights to Accra this winter are subject to government approval

 

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United, Honeywell Invest in New Clean Tech Venture from Alder Fuels, Powering Biggest Sustainable Fuel Agreement in Aviation History

United agrees to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over 20 years - which is one and a half times the size of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced SAF commitments combined
By United Newsroom, September 09, 2021

CHICAGO and DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United and Honeywell today announced a joint multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels – a cleantech company that is pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale by converting abundant biomass, such as forest and crop waste, into sustainable low-carbon, drop-in replacement crude oil that can be used to produce aviation fuel. When used together across the fuel lifecycle, the Alder technologies, coupled with Honeywell's Ecofining™ process, could have the ability to produce a carbon-negative fuel at spec with today's jet fuel. The goal of the technologies is to produce fuel that is a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum jet fuel.

United Airlines to Present at the 14th Annual Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference

By United Newsroom, September 01, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United (NASDAQ:UAL) will present at the 14th Annual Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference on Thursday, September 9. The presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. ET.

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