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See Team USA in “One Journey. Two Teams.”

By The Hub team, May 23, 2016
We're Team United. We're Team USA. And we're all united for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We've been proud to fly Team USA for the past 35 years, and here's a little bit about this year's all-star athletes we're beyond proud to support.

Gymnast, Simone Biles

Meet Simone Biles, Olympic Artistic Gymnast, Hunger Games Expert

Hometown: Spring, TX
Sport: Gymnastics
Medal Record:
Ten-time World Championships Gold Medalist, Antwerp 2013, Nanning 2014,
Glasgow 2015
Two-time World Championships Silver Medalist, Antwerp 2013, Nanning 2014
Two-time World Championships Bronze Medalist, Antwerp 2013, Glasgow 2015
Two-time Pacific Rim Championships Gold Medalist, Everett 2016
American Cup Gold Medalist, Arlington 2015
American Cup Silver Medalist, Worcester 2013
Seven-time National Championships Gold Medalist, Hartford 2013, Pittsburgh 2014, Indianapolis 2015
Six-time National Championships Silver Medalist, Hartford 2013, Pittsburgh 2014, Indianapolis 2015
Fun Facts:
She wants to be a nurse one day.
Can't get enough of the Hunger Games movies.
A complex flip is named after her.

Paralympic Judo Athlete, Dartanyon Crockett

Meet Dartanyon Crockett, Paralympic Judo Athlete, Future Social Worker

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Sport: Paralympic Judo
Medal Record:
Paralympic Bronze Medalist, London 2012 Paralympic Games
Five-time USA Judo National Championships for the Blind and Visually
Impaired Gold Medalist, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
German Open for Blind & Visually Impaired Silver Medalist, Heidelberg 2015
IBSA World Championships Gold Medalist, Colorado Springs, 2014
International Grand Prix Infraero Bronze Medalist, San Paulo 2014
Pajulahti Games Gold Medalist, Nastola 2012
Fun Facts:
Aside from Judo, Dartanyon has run track, competed in high jump, played high school football, is a two-time Senate Wrestling League Champion, and he set an Ohio state record as a high school power lifter.
He's studying social work to serve under-represented individuals.
And he prefers slip-ons to lace-ups.

Olympic Decathlet, Ashton Eaton

Meet Ashton Eaton, Olympic Decathlete, Video Game Aficionado

Hometown: Bend, OR
Sport: Decathlon & Indoor Heptathlon
Medal Record:
Olympic Gold Medalist, London 2012 Olympic Games
Two-time World Championship Gold Medalist, 2013, 2015
World Championship Silver Medalist, 2011
Three-time World Indoor Championship Gold Medalist, 2012, 2014, 2016
Fun Facts:
Ashton's pre-competition ritual is playing video games and eating Fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp.
His childhood hero was Donatello, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
He hadn't heard of the Decathlon before 2006.

Swimmer, Missy Franklin

Meet Missy Franklin, Olympic swimmer, possible future Psychologist

Hometown: Centennial, CO
Sport: Swimming
Medal Record:
Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, London 2012 Olympic Games
Olympic Bronze Medalist, London 2012 Olympic Games
11-time LCM World Championship Gold Medalist, 2015, 2013, 2011
Two-time World Championship Silver Medalist, 2015, 2011
Three-time World Champion Bronze Medalist, 2015, 2011
Pan Pacific Championships Gold Medalist, 2014
Two-time Pan Pacific Championships Silver Medalist, 2014
Pan Pacific Championships, Bronze Medalist, 2014
Fun Facts:
This Olympic swimmer has swam with dolphins twice, but gets seasick on cruises.
Country music is her go-to meet jam.
Her fave meal is still her mom's mac 'n' cheese.

Olympic Soccer Player, Carli Lloyd

Meet Carli Lloyd, Olympic Soccer Player, Daredevil At-Heart

Hometown: Delran Township, NJ
Sport: Soccer
Medal Record:
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Beijing 2008, London 2012
FIFA World Cup Gold Medalist, 2015, Canada
FIFA World Cup Silver Medalist, 2011, Germany
FIFA World Cup Bronze Medalist, 2007, China
Fun Facts:
Her inner adventurer goes four-wheeling, ziplining, and snow skiing, but Carli plays it safe for now because of soccer.
She didn't used to be comfortable speaking in front of people until her first public speaking class, in college.
She's engaged to her high school sweetheart and they're getting married shortly after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Olympic Beach Volleyball Player, Kerri Walsh Jennings

Meet Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic Beach Volleyball Player, Bikini Advocate

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Medal Record:
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012
Three-time World Championships Gold Medalist, Rio de Janeiro 2003, Berlin 2005, Gstaad 2007
World Championships Silver Medalist, Rome 2011
Fun Facts:
Nickname: Six Feet of Sunshine
She's 40-60% sure she doesn't want to be on Dancing With The Stars.
She's not ditching the two-piece — more movement, less chafing, more empowering.

Look out for more Team USA fun coming your way this summer. And get ready to cheer on the team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.


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

 

SOURCE United Airlines

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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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