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Pilot’s daughter solos at 16

By Matt Adams, September 21, 2017

In conjunction with Girls in Aviation Day on Saturday, September 23, organized by Women in Aviation International as a way to inspire young women to pursue their aviation dreams, we wanted to share the story of 737 Captain John Fulgenzi's daughter Maddie's first solo flight, which happened just last year.

Captain John Fulgenzi holding daughter

“Maddie started going up in the plane with me when she was a 3-year-old," John said. “As a young girl, we would find her playing dress-up in my uniform. She always loved the idea of being a pilot."

John, who has flown for almost 30 years, instilled in Maddie a love for aviation while teaching her to fly in their single-engine Piper Cherokee. “Over the years, I trained her for every scenario, everything that could go wrong. Watching her go up on her own was nerve-racking, but I knew that she was prepared," he said. “It was one of the proudest moments of my life. She was so calm, so focused on intently doing the things she needed to do. I tried to get her to admit that she was nervous, but she wouldn't do it."

Pilot Father and daughter, Maddie

As the father of a daughter who flies and as someone who was trained in part by women instructors during his time at the University of Illinois, John is glad to see a larger female presence on flight decks and throughout the industry as a whole.

“I would encourage young women to seriously consider careers in aviation. I have been flying with women pilots since the beginning of my flight training, through the regionals, and now at United. They were some of the best, most patient teachers — people who exhibit the qualities that make good Captains," said John. “In the old days it was not as common to see women in the industry, but my generation has seen that change and their numbers are continually growing."

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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