United Polaris Lands at Saks Fifth Avenue - United Hub

United Polaris lands at Saks Fifth Avenue

By The Hub team

Story by Lauren Vespoli | Rhapsody, January 2017

On January 11, the Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship store unveiled a window display that gave “straight off the runway" a new meaning. A replica of a United Airlines Boeing 777 took over 14 of the store's iconic windows in celebration of United's new Polaris first- and business-class experience, which launched on all long-haul international flights in December.

Six of the windows in the display, titled “Now Arriving," offered a detailed look at the United Polaris cabins, including new seats (which debut in February), real United flight attendant uniforms, and luxurious new bedding designed by Saks Fifth Avenue — a duvet, lightweight blanket, and two pillows for each flier — that will come standard in every United Polaris cabin and lounge.

“We wanted people to really understand the level of service and quality that you will be getting when you travel United Polaris," says Mark Briggs, the executive vice president for creative at Saks Fifth Avenue. “The details are really, I think, what make the display." Briggs and his creative team even went so far as to remove the windows in order to install an exact replica of the cabin's galley and the United Polaris seats.

The windows highlighted United's commitment to enhancing international business travelers' sleeping experience, from the new seats, which offer more sleeping room, to the custom Saks bedding and the cabin's cool blue lighting and sleek design.

Of course, no Saks window would be complete without a dose of high fashion: Mannequins in the windows sported ready-to-wear looks from the resort collections of designers including Balenciaga, Gucci, and Proenza Schouler.“ We wanted to make sure that we portrayed the right kind of image for United Polaris," Briggs explains. “You have to be really careful when you're re-creating something that's so iconic."

The “Now Arriving" window display ran through January 22 at Saks' Fifth Avenue's flagship store.

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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