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O'Hare expansion: A win for customers

By United Airlines, March 07, 2018

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United supports the ambitious and necessary O'Hare Expansion Plan

The history of Chicago's remarkable progress is the story of how we have worked together to achieve things essential to serving our local, national and global communities. We at United Airlines believe Mayor Emanuel's ambitious and necessary O'Hare Expansion Plan advances this tradition.

This is why Mayor Emanuel's blueprint for O'Hare's future is one of the city's most important initiatives – with the promise of jobs, economic growth, operational improvements and customer enhancements. It ensures continued competitive balance by protecting O'Hare's unique status as America's only dual-hub airport. The agreement provides benefits for all carriers at O'Hare by allowing all airlines to compete for gates and grow in the future.

Chicago has been our hometown for nearly 80 years and we have a long, proud history here. It is home to our global corporate and operational headquarters, commanding one of the city's largest real estate footprints. We are among the city's largest private employers, and more than 15,000 local employees and their families live, work and play here.O'Hare is United's largest hub, and all 88,000 of our employees worldwide support the O'Hare expansion agreement. It reflects our commitment to our employees, customers and the City of Chicago and its residents. It also underscores our belief that connecting people and engaging local communities makes a difference. We thank you for championing this bold expansion plan.

We strive to be a distinguished and dependable citizen. Chicago is where we support dozens of vital community organizations – from the Adler Planetarium and After School Matters to Year UP and Youth Guidance – and to which we gave over $3.3 million in 2017. It explains why, among other endeavors, we flew 22 Chicago Fire Department members last year to Puerto Rico to provide needed supplies and equipment after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Most of the fire personnel had personal ties to family and friends there.

We also actively assist with significant civic initiatives to further enhance our city and its growing reputation as the country's relocation magnet for business, achieving the distinction as the nation's No. 1 city for corporate growth for the fifth consecutive year.

The current O'Hare expansion plan promises to underline our slogan, Chicago: Second to None. And it will help guarantee that your hometown airline will prosper and bring more quality jobs and economic activity to our city.

United cargo-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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