Our Most Heartwarming Images of 2016 - United Hub

Our most heartwarming images of 2016

By The Hub team, December 30, 2016

Honoring the sacrifice of our veterans. Celebrating the monumental achievements of our Team USA Paralympians and Olympians. Spreading joy and kindness at Fantasy Flights and United Paws events. We captured our best and brightest moments from 2016 on camera and gathered them in one place for your enjoyment. As we close out an amazing 2016, scroll down the page to see our most heartwarming images of the year. Enjoy, and best wishes for a very happy new year from all of us here at United.

LAX Flight Attendant Sharon Mason greets veteran Mr. Abraham Eutsey, Jr.

LAX Flight Attendant Sharon Mason greets veteran Mr. Abraham Eutsey, Jr.


Oscar returned to the job early in 2016 after his recovery.

Oscar returned to the job early in 2016 after his recovery.


IAD 777 Captain Mario Lopes flew the military charter that brought his son home from overseas.

IAD 777 Captain Mario Lopes flew the military charter that brought his son home from overseas.


ORD 737 Captain John Fulgenzi's daughter Maddie has been flying with her dad since she was 3 years old.

ORD 737 Captain John Fulgenzi's daughter Maddie has been flying with her dad since she was 3 years old.


U.S. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles visits employees at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.


USS Arizona survivor Mr. Lou Conter flew with us from San Francisco to Honolulu for the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

USS Arizona survivor Mr. Lou Conter flew with us from San Francisco to Honolulu for the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.


Employees brought Ben Flyin Adventure Bears to children in hospitals all over the world this year.

Employees brought Ben Flyin Adventure Bears to children in hospitals all over the world this year.


Fantasy Flights brought smiles and tears to the faces of employees, the attending kids and their parents.​

Fantasy Flights brought smiles and tears to the faces of employees, the attending kids and their parents.


Our United Paws comfort dogs were a big hit at airports this holiday season.

Our United Paws comfort dogs were a big hit at airports this holiday season.

United Awards Free Flights for a Year to Winners of "Your Shot to Fly" Sweepstakes

Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
By United Newsroom, July 29, 2021

CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the five lucky grand prize winners of its "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes, who will each get to fly anywhere in the world United flies with a companion over the course of the next year. The winners of the "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes are:

  • Ashley Cronkhite from Bradenton, FL
  • Robert Simicak from Cleveland, OH
  • Sean Husmoe from Goodyear, AZ
  • Lauren Aldredge from Oakland CA
  • Lauren M. from San Francisco, CA

The sweepstakes was in support of the Biden administration's ongoing national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination and encouraged United's MileagePlus® loyalty members to upload their vaccine records to United. In less than a month, more than one million MileagePlus members uploaded their vaccine cards to the United app and website for a shot to win one of the grand prizes. In June the airline awarded 30 first prize winners with a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere United flies.

United First U.S. Airline to Offer Economy Customers Option to Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on select flights, all United customers – no matter what cabin of service they're flying in – can use the airline's award-winning mobile app and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages up to five days before they're scheduled to travel. United is the first and only U.S. airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages, a reflection of the customer experience transformation underway at the airline.



United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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