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The Great American Solar Eclipse

By The Hub team, August 21, 2017

It has been 99 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed the United States from coast to coast. In 1918, the path of totality traveled from Washington State to Florida.

The Solar Eclipse tTaken from the United ramp at the Nashville International Airport Taken from the United ramp at the Nashville International Airport

Today we experienced another total solar eclipse with a similar path that some 391 million people across the United States witnessed in partial or total form. The total solar eclipse began at 9am local time in Oregon and ended just before 3pm local time in South Carolina. Due to planetary geometry, the eclipse for some lasted only one second while others were able to view it for as long as two minutes and 40 seconds.

Total Solar Eclipse of the Heart; 1) It's been 99 years since the USA saw a total solar eclipse from coast to coast 2) 391 million people will see a partial or total eclipse 3) the path of totality is 70 miles wide 4) The eclipse will cross the US in approximately 1.5 hours 5) The eclipse will pass through 14 states 6) Totality will only last about 2.5 minutes 7) The next solar eclipse to cross mainland USA will be in 2014

As many watched the skies darken, the eclipse reached totality at 1:15pm local time in Oregon. Scientists hope to learn from the eclipse, specifically more about the sun's mysterious corona, the outermost part of the sun's atmosphere. During a total solar eclipse the corona can be seen, however remains hidden due to the normally bright light of the sun's surface. During a total solar eclipse, the moon passes in between the sun and the Earth causing the glowing white corona to be seen surrounding the sun. The corona burns more than a million degrees hotter than the sun's surface which has long puzzled scientists. Despite happening every 18 months, most total solar eclipses happen in remote areas making this occurrence extra special.

Share your photos on social media using the #Eclipse2017. For more information on the eclipse and to see a recap of today's events visit NASA's website.

United employees gather outside in Chicago to view the solar eclipse United employees gather outside in Chicago to view the solar eclipse

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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