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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 Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
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    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
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    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
    • The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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