Taste the world: Food trucks arrive in San Francisco and NYC
Sampling foods from around the world is easier than you think. From July 24 to August 13, we'll be sharing some of our favorite sweet treats from a few of the daily nonstop destinations we serve. Popping up all over the San Francisco and New York City areas, United food trucks will feature desserts from Munich, Japan, Latin America and Tel Aviv, and will be sure to satisfy every taste bud.
In San Francisco, German-themed trucks will hand out traditional almond horseshoes and apple crumb cake to celebrate our Munich route. While Munich is typically known for Oktoberfest and an abundance of biergartens, the city also boasts beautiful architecture, wonderful museums and a unique history. While there, view a wide expanse of must-see artwork at the trio of Pinakothek museums, which house pieces from the 14th century to now. Last but not least, your itinerary wouldn't be complete without a beer hall — make sure to stop by Hofbräuhaus for the ultimate experience.
To celebrate our routes departing from New York City, food trucks will hand out a dessert from a new destination each week. The first week (July 24 – July 30) will feature a Tel Aviv-inspired rugelach and black-and-white cookies. Tel Aviv is a great place to get the perfect mixture of a sunny beach destination and a city rich with history. A few notable spots are Gordon-Frishman Beach, the ancient city of Jaffa, Old Tel Aviv Port, and the open-air Carmel Market.
The second week (July 31 – August 6) will serve up dulce de leche and coconut cream/pineapple doughnuts from Latin America. With non-stop service to Brazil and Argentina, Latin America is full of adventure. In Brazil, wander the Atlantic rainforest Parque Nacional da Tijuca, summit Pão de Açúcar and soak up the sun on Copacabana or Ipanema beaches. In Argentina, explore the Palermo or La Boca neighborhoods and enjoy the National Museum of Fine Arts.
The third week (August 7 – August 13) will feature the Japanese sweet treats of "sakura" cherry doughnuts and "yuzu" lemon zest doughnuts. Offering a completely different cultural experience, Tokyo is a city longing to be explored. Some notable places to see are the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji, the Meiji-jingū Shintō shrine and Shibuya Crossing — one of the busiest intersections in the world. Of course, a trip to Japan isn't complete without enjoying sushi for a meal.
Be sure to check out the food trucks at varying locations across San Francisco from 10am to 4:30pm during the week and on the weekends from 11am to 5pm, and in New York City from 11am to 3pm. Planning a vacation to one of these destinations? Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your next adventure.
New York food truck schedule (*locations subject to change*)
Wednesday, July 26 | 47th Street between 5th and 6th Ave
Thursday, July 27 | East side of 7th Ave between 34th and 35th Streets
Friday, July 28 | South lane west side of Park Ave between 47th and 48th St
Saturday, July 29 | Southwest corner of Broadway and 80th St.
Sunday, July 30 | East Side of Broadway between W Houston and Prince
Monday, July 31 | West side of 6th Ave between 52nd and 53rd streets
Tuesday, August 1 | East side of Lexington Ave btwn 52nd and 51st
Wednesday, August 2 | West side of Madison Avenue between 59th & 60th
Thursday, August 3 | West side of 6th Avenue at 42nd St.
Friday, August 4 | North Lane (East Side) of Park Ave 52nd and 53rd streets
Saturday, August 5 | Union Square West between 17th and 16th
Sunday, August 6 | West Side (south lane) Broadway btwn 67th & 66th
Monday, August 7 | South Lane west side of Park Ave South btw 34th & 33rd St
Tuesday, August 8 | Broad Street at Beaver Street
Wednesday, August 9 | East side of Lexington Ave between 59th and 58th
Thursday, August 10 | West Side Broadway between 37th and 36th
Friday, August 11 | East Side of Lexington between 45th and 44th streets
Saturday, August 12 | 14th Street between 3rd Ave and Irving Place
Sunday, August 13 | 86th Street between Lexington and 3rd
San Francisco food trucks schedule (*locations subject to change*)
Wednesday, July 26 | Design Center at 470 Brannan
Thursday, July 27 | South of Market, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
Friday, July 28 | South of Market, 428 11th St
Saturday, July 29 | 1 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, CA
Sunday, July 30 | 2774 Livermore Outlets Drive, Livermore, CA
Monday, July 31 | South of Market, 470 Brannan
Tuesday, August 1 | Financial District, 768 Sansome
Wednesday, August | 2 Financial District, 768 Sansome
Thursday, August 3 | South of Market, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
Friday, August 4 | South of Market, 428 11th St
Saturday, August 5 | 1 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, CA
Sunday, August 6 | South of Market, 470 Brannan
Monday, August 7 | Design Center, 100 Henry Adams
Tuesday, August 8 | South of Market, 428 11th St
Wednesday, August 9 | Financial District, 768 Sansome
Thursday, August 10 | South of Market, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
Friday, August 11 | Financial District, Embarcadero Center
Saturday, August 12 | 2774 Livermore Outlets Drive, Livermore, CA
Sunday, August 13 | Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, CA
By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.
United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.
Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.
A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.
United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group
Fellow United team members –
Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.
Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.
Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.
Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."
Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.
To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.
Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.
UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)
At the airport
1Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
2Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
3Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
4Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
5Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
At the gate:
6Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
7Providing hand sanitizer and
8Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
9Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
10Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport
On our aircraft
1Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
2Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
3Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
4Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
5Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
6Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
7Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
8Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
- The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes
We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.
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Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Here's a fun way to take your next video call….from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude. We're introducing United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams, video conferencing tools that many people are using to stay connected.
So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started. If you've already downloaded Zoom you can skip ahead to updating your background image (see instructions below).
To use on Zoom:
- Start here by downloading your favorite United image to your computer or mobile device. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- Next go to your Zoom app (you'll need to download the app to access backgrounds) and click on the arrow to the right of your video camera icon in the bottom of the screen.
- From here select, "choose virtual background" to upload your uniquely United photo.
- Start by downloading your favorite United image to your computer. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- If you're using a PC, copy the image you want to use into this folder:
- C:\[insert your device user name here]\AppData\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads
- If you're using a Mac copy the images to this folder on your computer:
- /users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds/Uploads
- If you're using a PC, copy the image you want to use into this folder:
- Once you start a Teams meeting, click the "…" in the menu bar and select "Show background effects" and your image should be there
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