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Best buds reunite thanks to LAX’s Molli Oliver

By The Hub team, June 23, 2016

Los Angeles based flight attendant Molli Oliver

Molli Oliver is a Los-Angeles-based flight attendant who has a passion for dogs. Molli was working a military charter when she met a Marine who talked with her about a black Labrador retriever he had been deployed with in Afghanistan in 2010. After their service, the dogs are retired from the military, and, in some cases, the dogs' former handlers are able to adopt them. That was the case with this marine and his Labrador. The marine explained to Molli that there was no way for him to travel to pick up the dog — that is when Molli came in.

"I told him I'd get his dog," she says. "I didn't know exactly how, but I knew I could make it happen."

Molli reunited the retired military dog and the Marine later that year, and has continued to do so ever since. Molli's latest mission was reuniting Taylor, a yellow lab who served her country in Afghanistan, with her handler, Sgt. Tom Hansen. On her own time, Molli flew to St. Louis to pick up Taylor, then to Boise to meet Sgt. Hansen. This is the fourth trip Molli has made to reunite retired military dogs with their veteran handlers. The tear-jerking reunion was captured on NBC Nightly News.

Molli is creating a nonprofit called MUMS DOGS (Molli's Uniting Military Service Dogs) to help bring more retired military working dogs together with their former handlers.

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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