Top 5 Love Stories in the Air - United Hub

Top love stories in the air

By The Hub team, February 14, 2018

Married United Pilots

From seat mates to soul mates, love can blossom in sometimes the most unlikely of places. In fact, we've helped our customers mastermind the perfect proposal and even assisted in organizing a wedding ceremony mid-flight. This Valentine's day, we are celebrating love with a few of our favorite onboard love stories.

Love in the air

As pilots, Los Angeles-based First Officers Peter Methot and Anna Lenhoff-Methot share a special bond, first as husband and wife and then as colleagues. While it's certainly rare to find two spouses who are both pilots, the way that Anna and Peter met is perhaps the most inexplicable thing about their unique story. It was only Anna's second day at United, and she was working late in the Denver training center on a Friday night when she met Peter after deciding to take a break. From that night forward they were inseparable, as friends and then as a couple, and have now been married for 20 years.

Couple married during a flight

On this flight…I thee wed

Olana DiGirolamo and Mark Alioto first met while boarding a Newark-bound flight at Los Angeles International Airport. Two years later, the couple planned their dream wedding in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, two weeks before the ceremony, the wedding was cancelled because Olana's mother was in the hospital in New Jersey. While her mother's condition did eventually improve in time for the wedding, the venue and services had already been cancelled. Olana's brother, Arland DiGirolamo, who was officiating the wedding, worked with the United Customer Care Team to surprise the couple with an onboard wedding ceremony during their flight back from New Jersey to Los Angeles. The ceremony was a wonderful way to celebrate how Olana and Mark first met — on board a flight from Newark to LA.

Two married United passengers that met on our flight.

A chance encounter in the air

From seat mates to life-long partners, Jake Guthrie and his wife are another one of the many couples that met on board a United flight, back in 2014. It was just happenchance that they were seated next to each other. The two hit it off throughout the flight, which led Jake to ask his seat mate on a date. Three years later the couple is married and flew off to their honeymoon the same way their relationship started, onboard a United aircraft.

Love flies the friendly skies

When customer Patrick Marsden decided to propose to his girlfriend, Molly, he knew that it needed to be a memorable event. With the help of United employees from Food and Beverage, Dulles International Airport crew, and the flight attendants working the flight, Patrick was able to propose on board. He surprised Molly by making her think she was watching a United promotion about new premium cabin entrees, but prior to the flight Patrick had added in footage of himself popping the question.

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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