Cheer on Team USA and Help a Child in Need - United Hub

Cheer on Team USA and help a child in need

By The Hub team, June 02, 2016

Ben Flyin' Adventure Bear

As part of our Adventure Bear program Ben Flyin' will be traveling to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to cheer on Team USA and other athletes from all over the world. This year marks the ninth year that we have unveiled a limited-edition Vermont® teddy bear as the mascot for the Adventure Bear program.

Make a difference with your donation

Our mission of the Adventure Bear program is to bring smiles to children in need across the globe. So far, Ben Flyin' has traveled throughout the U.S. and to 30 other countries including China, Colombia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United Arab Emirates. This year, proceeds will go to the United States Olympic Committee to help fund future U.S. Olympic hopefuls.

How to participate

Starting June 1st through August 30th you can purchase a 2016 Ben Flyin' bear for yourself and one for a child in need.

  • Give a bear, get a bear. For a $39.99 contribution, you will receive your very own 2016 Ben Flyin' bear and the second will be sent to a child in need.
  • Give a bear. For a $19.99 contribution, you can send a 2016 Ben Flyin' bear to a child in need.
  • In September and October program partners and United co-workers will make bear deliveries to children around the globe who are experiencing health struggles or economic hardship.

Follow Ben Flyin' on United Social Media

Follow Ben Flyin's adventures

Tag along with Ben Flyin' by following United Airlines on social media, and don't forget to share your Ben Flyin' adventures by using #BenFlyin.

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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