United's SF Maintenance Base Retools to Produce Hand Sanitizer - United Hub

SF Maintenance Base retools to produce hand sanitizer

By Pete Rapalus, April 16, 2020

Like many of our locations, the San Francisco Maintenance Center has been working to provide hand sanitizer for the nearly 3,000 employees who work there. Unlike other locations, however, the huge base has the resources, equipment and expertise —including chemists and chemical engineers — that are now producing sanitizer for use throughout the company. Since the beginning of April, 550 gallons and counting of germ-killing hand sanitizer have been bottled at the airline's maintenance base.

The Engine Shop's Remanufacturing department produced its first of what will be many large batches of alcohol-based hand sanitizer — some distributed in spray bottles and some used to replenish dispensers in common areas at the base in San Francisco as well as other United locations. Before long, batches will be produced on a regular basis and the product will be available for use by employees across the company to keep United workers safe while on the job.

Hand sanitizer process begins

The biggest hurdle right now, said Machining, Plating and Welding Senior Manager George Skoufos, is procuring certain ingredients and spray bottles. Thousands of those are on order and expected next week. "Supplies are still in very high demand, but fortunately we were able to procure and take delivery of enough chemicals and containers to get started," he said.

*United has been registered with the FDA as a new manufacturer of hand sanitizer.

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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