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 Makes it Easier for Customers to Find and Use Travel Credits

The airline offers customers the most transparent and user-friendly options in the industry to encourage and simplify using travel credits
By United Newsroom, September 23, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United today announced it is giving customers even more flexibility when they need to rebook their travel by helping them to find and use their travel credits. United is the only airline to make it easy for customers to use their credits by automatically displaying them as a payment option during the checkout process. This functionality will be available for MileagePlus® members first and the airline is working to roll it out to all customers in the near future. Also, beginning next week, United will be the first to let customers use their travel credits for extra legroom seats and to pre-pay for checked baggage.

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.

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.

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