Oscar Speaks at U.S. Aviation Summit - United Hub

Oscar talks innovation, ATC modernization and a level playing field at U.S. aviation summit

By The Hub team, March 02, 2017

Our CEO, Oscar Munoz, participated in a keynote discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit today with Carol Hallett, counselor to the U.S. Chamber and former president and CEO of the Air Transport Association of America (now known as Airlines for America). He joined more than 800 experts and leaders from all sectors of the aviation community in discussing critical issues facing the industry.

Of the opportunities for jobs in aviation, he said he was "cautiously bullish" and "optimistic," noting the creation of tens of thousands of aviation-related jobs in a healthy and competitive global industry. During the conversation, Oscar compared the current state of air traffic control to "having a gravel road when we need a highway. You would never drive your Ferrari on a gravel road. We're very supportive as a company" of ATC reform.

He also highlighted United's approach to innovation, which he called "relevant innovation — what is relevant to us today that we can actively move forward." From providing tools that link employees above and below the wing to the information they need to better serve our customers, Oscar said, "Innovation is the key. It doesn't have to be something new and shiny and opulent, it has to be constantly forward thinking. We should march forward with technology, but create technology that is relevant today."

Of the planned launch this month of Emirates Airline's service from Athens, Greece to Newark, Oscar noted his fact-based approach to examining the evidence around massive government subsidization of the three state-owned Gulf carriers — Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates — and the harm this would cause to U.S. airlines and U.S. jobs. "Facts tend to overcome a lot of emotion and a lot of bias," Oscar said. "There are hundreds of thousands of employees who have been through hell and back in the history of the airline industry here in America, and all of a sudden in the last couple of years they're enjoying the benefits of an industry that's doing so well. To start edging away from that, and the potential for an un-level playing field and its competitive impact on their roles, you're going to have a huge uproar from Americans. If there's any question about where United stands, we are in the camp of supporting our people."

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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