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Realizing United's full potential

By United Airlines, January 23, 2018

2017 in review and future priorities

Our CEO Oscar Munoz and President Scott Kirby reflect on 2017, discuss strategic priorities and look ahead to 2018.

2018 priorities

Unlocking the full potential of our network

  • Growing our network 4-6% in 2018, and at a similar rate through 2020
  • Driving connectivity from Denver, Chicago and Houston
  • Defending market share in our international gateways
  • Upgrading to larger aircraft

Developing new and exciting experiences for customers

  • Launching United® Premium Plus on select international flights in 2018
  • Providing faster and more reliable inflight Wi-Fi, by upgrading software and hardware on our aircraft
  • Introducing more all-aisle-access seats in United Polaris® business class
  • Opening United Polaris® lounges in SFO, EWR, LAX and IAH with high-end shower suites, rest pods and pre-flight dining
  • Refreshed or overhauled United Club locations in ORD, DFW, FLL, IAH, LGA, and SFO

Continuing to invest in people and technology

  • Empowering our employees with new capabilities and processes
  • Completing flight attendant integration and rolling out industry-leading hand-held technology for our technicians
  • Improving and releasing a new version of the United mobile app

Focusing on efficiency and productivity to fuel growth

  • Driving efficiency and productivity to improve results
  • Targeting (1.0%) to flat non-fuel CASM in 2018, continued flat or better in 2019 and 2020

Established a strong foundation in 2016-2017

  • Re-engaged front-line team
  • Delivered record-breaking operational reliability
  • Renewed focus on our customers
  • Returned United to a path of growth

Record-breaking operational performance in 2017...

  • 148 Million Passengers flown
  • 59 Days with zero mainline flight cancellations
  • 13 New international routes announced
  • Mainline arrivals* 2015: 78.1% - 2016: 81.3% - 2017: 81.9% *Within 14 minutes of schedule arrival time as defined by the Department of Transportation
  • On-time mainline departures #1 in industry - 2015: 55.2% - 2016: 63.6% - 2017: 68.3%
  • Mishandled baggage ratio 2015: 3.21 - 2016: 2.60 - 2017: 2.38
*Within 14 minutes of schedule arrival time as defined by the Department of Transportation

...building a strong financial position for tomorrow

  • $6.50 - $8.50
    2018 EPS guidance
    2020 EPS guidance of $11.00 - $13.00
  • $3.6B - $3.8B
    2018 Capex
  • $5B - $6B
    Minimum liquidity, ensuring strong balance sheet
  • $3B
    Announced additional $3B in share repurchase authorization

Our strategy drives sustainably higher profits and margins to realize United's full potential

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

United works with partners to send food to USDA food bank

By The Hub team, July 23, 2020

In collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), United moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. This new program was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United's newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis. The fresh food was repacked in 10-pound cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI's LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank program in Guam.

"Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most. Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced," said Regional Senior Manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. "Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward."

United is proud to play a role in maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access the supplies they need. Since March 19, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 130 million pounds of cargo.

Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

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