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Supporters rally at Newark Airport to protect U.S. aviation jobs

By The Hub team, March 13, 2017

More than 200 uniformed employees, labor leaders and elected officials gathered in Terminal C at Newark's International Airport on Sunday to support our flights, our jobs and fair competition. The rally, led by Rick Hoefling, vice president of United's Newark hub, highlighted the massive subsidies fueling the growth of Gulf carriers on the same day that Emirates Airline launched its new daily nonstop service from Newark to Athens, Greece.

"We work very hard every single day to earn the trust of our customers and our employees — and we're happy to compete — competition makes us better," said Newark Ramp Service Managing Director Carl Cox, who came out to support the cause. "But when we can't compete with a company that can price their product below the cost of the service, we can't support our company, we can't support our jobs and our employees deserve that."

"I'm here for your job, future jobs and workers everywhere," said Newark-based Ramp Service Employee Sabrina Floyd, who also attended. "If we don't fight for ourselves, who is going to?"

During the rally, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) outlined the threat to U.S. jobs posed by the subsidization of Gulf carriers. Other speakers included President of the Association of Flight Attendants Master Executive Council (MEC) Ken Diaz, Local Executive Council Chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association Captain Glenn Johnson, as well as Newark Customer Service Manager John Deep and Newark Quality Control Aircraft Inspector Tony Hernandez.

"I'm here today because it's a worthy cause. When there's agreement, there's power, and this is definitely something we can all agree on," said Newark-based Ramp Service Manager Tony Smith.

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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