Warm & sunny escapes all year round
You don't need to be a meteorologist to know that summer is almost through. Look out the window and note the leaves changing colors and people beginning to dress in sweaters and jackets. Summer and its sun have all but gone, and with autumn and winter on their way, the chances of keeping your tan for the next nine months are looking slim.
This may feel like bad news for those of us who understand that, in moderation, sunshine and its vitamin D can make us feel both happier and healthier, but it's no reason to feel down.
Instead, pack your bags, grab your ID or passport, and book yourself a flight to a place where it stays hot all through the year or at the very least warm and sunny. Escape to a place where summer never really ends. To get you started, consider five of our favorite sun-kissed escapes.
Santa Barbara, California
If you're looking for year-round sunshine, look west to the American Riviera. While it can't lay claim to being the sunniest place in the lower 48 (that title goes to Imperial County, California), Santa Barbara benefits from having some 300 days of glorious sunshine a year. It's not-too-hot, never-too-cold year-round climate makes it the perfect place to experience the great outdoors — be that hiking, golfing, lying on a beach or dining al fresco in your short sleeves. However, to suggest that Santa Barbara has a monopoly on winter sunshine would be wrong. Head down the California coast to San Diego, and you'll discover another city bathed in glorious year-round sun, where the exceptional beaches are never empty.
United Airlines flies to Santa Barbara (SBA) and San Diego (SAN)
America's paradise islands benefit from a tropical climate and temperatures that stay pleasingly high throughout the year. Hawaii averages a consistently beautiful 80-85°F, and while tropical showers are frequent visitors, choose the right part of the right island, and you'll be sure to feel the sunshine on your face. Kona and Waikoloa on the Big Island and Wailea and Kapalua on Maui can be considered sun traps, but head to the island of Oahu, specifically the southern and southwestern end of the island, and you'll find the closest thing to precise sunlight. With more than 300 days of sunshine beating down each year, it soon becomes apparent why they call it “the gathering place."
United Airlines flies to all of Hawaii's airports, including to Honolulu (HNL) on Oahu
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Why do the citizens of Rio refer to their home as “Cidade Maravilhosa"—the “marvelous city"? Undoubtedly, it has much to do with the city's stunning setting, nestled between an azure sea and the forest-clad mountains, and watched over from high above by Christ the Redeemer. It also owes something to the architecture, museums, galleries, world-class restaurants and nightlife, and it's impossible to overlook the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
But it probably owes as much to the fact that “Cidade Maravilhosa" is blessed with a tropical climate and that Rio lies in the southern hemisphere, so its summer falls between December and January. While much of the U.S. shivers through October, November, December and January, Rio is heating up. By December temperatures can reach over 90°F, so you can forget about packing a sweater.
United Airlines flies to Rio de Janeiro (GIG–Galeao)
Boasting mile upon mile of white-sand beaches surrounded by crystal-clear waters full of sea life and shipwrecks, the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba is the island of your imagination. Mainly because, as the sun-chasers who flock there already know, the island benefits from a climate that ranges from hot in the summer to slightly less hot through its winters. The average annual temperature hits a heavenly 82°F,so expect it to be even a little bit warmer in the summer months, and only a degree or two beneath the average for what passes as winter.
Of course, this being the Caribbean, you may think that tropical storms will dampen your visit, but think again. Lying far outside of Hurricane Alley, Aruba escapes the downpours that rain down on the islands further north. All things considered, if it isn't heaven on earth, it does a pretty good impression.
United Airlines flies to Aruba (AUA)
It's an exaggeration to say that Sydney enjoys year-round sunshine, but not much of one. On average the Australian city enjoys 340 days of sunshine every year — even the mathematically challenged can work out that that doesn't leave many dreary days. Picture an archetypal Aussie in your mind's eye, and chances are, they're standing on the beach, looking bronzed and beautiful with a smile on their face. That's effectively Sydney, a place that mixes the cultural buzz of a big (but walkable) city with more golden beaches and sunny days than seems fair to everyone who doesn't live there. And as with Rio, the fact that Sydney's summer falls from December to February makes it even more appealing.
United Airlines flies to multiple locations across Australia, including Sydney (SYD)
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Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.
Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.
In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.
"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."
As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.
Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.
Jessica's new role is effective immediately.
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)
Together, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. United Together, we rise to meet that challenge.
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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It all began when Jason reached out to United's social media team, hoping for assistance with his upcoming plan to propose. Some phone calls and one borrowed guitar later, the stage was set for Jason. Put all that together, mix in some helpful United employees and, voila, you have a truly memorable marriage proposal. Congratulations to this fun-loving and happy couple, and here's to many more years of making beautiful music together.
A big thank you to Chicago-based flight attendants Donna W., Marie M., Karen J. and Mark K. for making this proposal come to life.