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Discover the best of London in November

By The Hub team, September 27, 2017

November is a great time to visit London. The weather may be chilly, but that means more opportunities to cozy up next to a log fire in a historic pub, see a firework display during Bonfire Night or go skating on a magical open-air ice rink. Autumn in London is packed with sizzling events, from cutting-edge art exhibitions to smash-hit theatre shows.

Hip-hop musical Hamilton will hit London's West End in November after taking Broadway by storm. Hailed as a "cultural phenomenon", the show written by Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers. Another musical heavy-hitter, the MTV Europe Music Awards, will be rolling out the red carpet for the biggest names in music on November 12. Find out which musicians win big this year at the glitzy awards ceremony, which is being held in London for the first time in 21 years.

Big-name jazz stars will touch down in London in November for the 25th edition of the EFG London Jazz Festival, which takes place in venues across the capital, from the legendary Ronnie Scott's to Rich Mix in east London. The electrifying lineup features Hugh Masekela, Pat Metheny, Chico and the Gypsies, and Average White Band. They will be joined by many other international legends and emerging stars of the global jazz scene.

There are many exhibitions to see this month in London. Car enthusiasts can retrace the history of one of the world's most iconic car brands at Ferrari: Under the Skin at the Design Museum. Highlights include early cars and models hand-sculpted in wood and clay.

Autumn sees the capital's top art galleries roll out some of their best shows of the year. View some of the most memorable art of the 20th century at Tate Modern's long-awaited retrospective of pioneering force Amedeo Modigliani.

Cézanne Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery is also a must-see, bringing together 50 of the artist's portraits from across the globe, many of which have never been on public display in the UK. Hyped as a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, the exhibit includes intimate portraits of the Post-Impressionist's wife, uncle and himself.

On London's sport scene , see the world's best eight tennis players, including Wimbledon-champion Roger Federer, at the Nitto ATP Finals. They'll battle for the coveted title at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich.

The Lord Mayor's Show on November 11, an 800-year-old custom that sees the City of London cheering on its newly elected mayor, attracts crowds from around the world. Dating back to 1215, the show features a spectacular parade and a dazzling fireworks display over the river Thames.

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.

Adjusting to Customer Demand, United Adds New Nonstop Service to Florida

By United Newsroom, August 12, 2020

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced plans to add up to 28 daily nonstop flights this winter connecting customers in Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York/LaGuardia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio to four popular Florida destinations. The new, nonstop flights reflect United's continuing strategy to aggressively, and opportunistically manage the impact of COVID-19 by increasing service to destinations where customers most want to fly.

Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

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