Introducing the all-new 777-300ER - United Hub

Introducing the all-new 777-300ER

By The Hub team, March 14, 2017

Debuting in February 2017, the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – with its sleek interior, superior range, remarkable fuel efficiency and traveler-preferred comfort – took to the skies with service from New York/Newark to San Francisco. The new aircraft, equipped with a host of redesigned interior features, includes elegant architecture, dynamic LED colored lighting and spacious overhead bins throughout the cabin. The aircraft is one of 14 new Boeing 777-300ER that we will add to our fleet over the coming years.

Advanced technology meets comfort and style

Designed for efficiency, the new Boeing 777-300ER boasts the world's most powerful jet engines and has a high aspect wing ratio that paves the way for higher performing aerodynamics. Additionally, the environmentally progressive Boeing 777-300ER aircraft meets stringent international standards and creates less noise for the communities we serve, leading to a cleaner eco-footprint.

Moving from the exterior to the interior of the aircraft, customers will enjoy more space due to the new cabin design. High ceilings allow for the overhead storage bins to almost disappear, giving travelers a broader view of the aircraft interior. Thanks to the aircraft's nearly vertical sidewalls, those who choose to sit by the window will benefit from additional headspace. The LED mood lighting throughout the cabin creates an ambient environment that reflects the various phases of flight — work, leisure or rest. The new Boeing 777-300ER was designed with comfort in mind with thoughtful features that can be seen throughout the cabin and enjoyed by those on board.

Outfitting the fleet

The inaugural flight of our Boeing 777-300ER aircraft took place on February 16, 2017, from New York/Newark to San Francisco. This aircraft now operates six flights per week on this route, traveling westbound in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon. Next, we plan to use the aircraft for long-haul international service from San Francisco to Hong Kong. The service, set to begin on March 25, 2017, will be the first international flight with the new United PolarisSM business class seats.

United Polaris takes off

In December 2016, we took delivery of our first Boeing 777-300ER, the first aircraft with the new United Polaris business class seats. The aircraft unveiled a new cabin design and the United Polaris direct-aisle access seating concept. All United Polaris seats are forward-facing in a 1-2-1 configuration, offering our customers plenty of comfort and privacy. This reinvention of our international premium cabin travel experience offers elevated service and comfort from lounge to landing for a restful night's sleep while on board. The cabin also features a new, custom-designed hospitality area where United Polaris business class customers can grab a snack.

For more information on the new Boeing 777-300ER or to book a flight on United, please visit united.com or use the United mobile app.

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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