United Unveils Charles E. Taylor Statue at ORD - United Hub

In celebration of master mechanics, United unveils the Charles E. Taylor status at O'Hare

By Pete Rapalus, October 22, 2015

Today we unveiled a statue of Charles E. Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight, at Chicago's O'Hare airport. Mr. Taylor, one of three men responsible for the first flight, is credited with designing and building the engine that powered the Wright brothers' first airplane. The statue celebrates the lifetime contributions and hard work of senior mechanics and those who have earned the Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award.

United Salutes Aircraft Maintenance Technicians

The honor, presented by the FAA, is given to mechanics across the industry who have completed 50 years of service in aviation maintenance and who have spent at least 30 years as certified FAA technicians. We are proud to say that more than 40 technicians at United have received the award since its inception in 1998.

“I'm honored to be recognized and to represent all the hard working aircraft maintenance technicians with whom I've worked with over the last 50 years at United," said Bill Grater, a Chicago-based technician who received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award last year and attended today's unveiling.

We currently employ more than 8,000 aviation technicians in locations around the world. Our technicians work tirelessly to maintain our fleet of 700 aircraft, ensuring that they operate safely and reliably.

United cargo-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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