Latin America Delivery Flight Fiesta - United Hub

Latin America delivery flight fiesta

By Gladys Roman, May 09, 2018

Scroll down to watch the above video on our Latin America delivery flight in Spanish and Portuguese.

"It was a lot of fun and was the first time I saw a brand new aircraft in my 26 years with United," said São Paulo-based Customer Service Supervisor Maggie Faustino. Maggie was one of the 155 Latin American employees who celebrated the delivery of our latest Boeing 777-300ER in the Seattle area last week.

In addition to celebrating the delivery of our new aircraft, the event also commemorated four important milestones in Latin America as we reached 50 years of operations in Mexico, and 25 in Ecuador, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Employees from all four countries were invited to travel to Seattle, Washington, to be a part of the delivery celebration as recognition for their hard work and commitment to go above and beyond for our customers.

The festivities began on Wednesday when employees were treated to a VIP tour of Boeing's Everett Factory; they were then invited to enjoy a delightful dinner at the Future of Flight Aviation Center.

"It's a privilege to be here. How many people can really take a trip like this? Get into the factory, see how they built the airplane and then fly on it? It's a privilege," said Leon, Guanajuato Airport Supervisor Edith Miranda, who has worked at United for 22 years.

Oscar joined in celebrating our employees. "Este es un momento muy especial. All of our deliveries are special, but this is particularly heartfelt to me, because it's our Latin countries, and it's my heritage. And it's just so special for these folks who rarely get a chance to come out here," said Oscar.

During the dinner celebration, Oscar also recognized Newark-based 777 Captain Jose Pascual, who recently celebrated 30 years with our company and had the honor of flying the brand new aircraft for the first time. "It's my pleasure and honor to be part of this delivery ceremony. The 777-300 is an aircraft that's designed to carry about 360 passengers over 7,000 nautical miles, and this particular model has the largest, most powerful engines in the airline industry," said Jose.

The aircraft delivery event culminated on Thursday, May 3 after employees participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony before boarding the new aircraft for the flight to Houston.

Quito, Ecuador-based International Customer Service Representative Jose Larriva has worked for United for 24 years and was proud to be a part of the event. "It's something I could have never imagined. I was fascinated to visit the Boeing factory and learn how our planes are made. I also really enjoyed meeting and interacting with colleagues from our other Latin American countries."

For Buenos Aires-based Reservations Sales and Service Representative Maria Florencia Moltedo, the event was the best way to also mark her 24 years of working for United. "It was a big surprise for me to have been invited. It was a very long trip from Buenos Aires, but it was worth the journey. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'm grateful for it," said Maria.

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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.

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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.

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"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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