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By The Hub team, September 27, 2017

London's spectacular autumn season is loaded with exciting new exhibitions at the city's museums and galleries. Here are a few of our top picks.

Go on an immersive journey through music and performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics and get up close with Mozart's own piano. At the National Maritime Museum's fascinating exhibition Death in the Ice, which features new archaeological evidence from recently discovered shipwrecks, follow the epic story of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their tragic last voyage into the arctic.

Delve into the origins of J. K. Rowling's wizarding world with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library, in what promises to be one of the season's biggest blockbusters. Don't miss the capital's hottest new attraction, the Postal Museum, which explores the history of the UK's postal system. Visitors can take a ride on a subterranean mail train that once shuttled four million letters across London in one day.

The Natural History Museum's newest star attraction is a gigantic blue whale skeleton that has replaced Dippy the Dinosaur in the grand Hintze Hall, alongside 10 other stand-out specimens in the ground floor alcoves. A must-see at the British Museum is Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia, which shines a light on this ancient tribe of nomadic warriors with a slew of eye-popping artifacts, including rugs, furs, horse headgear and a 2,400-year-old piece of tattooed skin from the torso of a warrior.

Visit south London's Horniman Museum to see Pani, a thought-provoking display that explores the relationship between people and water in South Asia. The museum has dreamy gardens and quirky displays, including a walrus famously overstuffed by a Victorian taxidermist and a creepy-looking merman. Over in west London, car enthusiasts can get unprecedented access into the secretive world of car making at the Design Museum's Ferrari: Under the Skin.

The city's art scene is also in full swing this autumn, with exhibitions to suit all tastes. Opening in September at the Barbican is Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first large-scale exhibition of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a pioneering prodigy of the downtown New York art scene and one of the most celebrated artists of the 1980s.

The works of one of the world's most influential living artists are on display at the Royal Academy of Arts with Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth, featuring paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures that chart his development over the last six decades.

The National Portrait Gallery is hosting Cézanne Portraits. One of the season's major exhibitions. More than 50 of the 19th-century artist's portraits will be displayed, including intimate paintings of the Post-Impressionist's wife, uncle and himself. Another must for art fans is the National Gallery's exhibition Reflection: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites, which explores how the Victorian artists were inspired by the 15th-century Flemish artist Van Eyck's masterpiece The Arnolfini Portrait.

In October, the international art world descends upon London for Frieze Week. Explore a free outdoor sculpture garden with Frieze Sculpture 2017 in Regent's Park's English Gardens, or pop into the beautiful tents that host Frieze Art Fairs, where galleries from all over the world exhibit their top talent and most-coveted works.

November sees Tate Modern opening a comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani, which will include a section dedicated to the famed Italian artist's nudes, as well as the gallery's first virtual reality experience, where visitors can enter the world of early 20th-century Paris.

Autumn in London is open. Book your London adventure by visiting united.com or through the United app. And while you're there, share your experience on social media with the hashtag #LondonIsOpen and #AutumnSeason.

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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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