On AMT Day, We Toasted the Best of the Best Technicians - United Hub

On National AMT Day, we toasted the best of the best technicians

By Pete Rapalus, May 30, 2019

As we fired up grills and prepared for National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day celebrations last week, the arrival of Friday's first shift technicians gathered with more than 300 years of experience at a restaurant in Humble, Texas. We hosted the event to thank them for the millions of lives they have touched through their dedication to safety.

Six of the previous year's eight Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award winners from United were able to attend the event, hosted by Technical Operations VPs Kurt Carpenter, Tom Doxey, Mark Eldred and Don Wright. Meanwhile, SVP Kris Bauer was in Cleveland for AMT Day and VP John Wiitala planned to join our teams at Houston-Hobby to celebrate and watch our newest Taylor Award recipient, Jerry Johanson, receive his Taylor Award on Friday. Jerry was also among the honorees at the dinner Thursday evening. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awards the Taylor to technicians with at least 50 years of exemplary service.

Also on hand for the Taylor dinner was the Hon. John Goglia, a former United technician who went on to serve on the National Transportation Safety Board and was instrumental in establishing the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We proudly count him among our Taylor recipients.

As leaders introduced each of our 2018-19 Taylor honorees, they were presented with engraved aircraft windows and John also gave each of them a special AMC "challenge coin." He also made it a point to thank the spouses and partners who were in attendance for supporting the technicians through their long and distinguished careers. "Thank you for putting up with us," he said to laughs. He also thanked United for its demonstrated leadership in fostering diversity and attracting more women to become technicians, and challenged United to field an AMC-winning all-female team. "We're getting there," Mark responded, referring to the Chix Fix.

In addition to a gift, each technician receives a postcard with a message that reads:

"At United, it is clear that we have the best technicians in the business, and our recent performance is a testament to the solid foundation you provide for the rest of the airline. Take a moment today to thank your peers and the teams that support you, and to honor all the many technicians who have served since the days of Charles Edward Taylor, who as the Wright Brothers' engine builder and mechanic is considered the first AMT. All of you keep this airline flying and we thank you for it, on National AMT Day and every day."

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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