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Great getaways for wine lovers

By The Hub team, August 02, 2016

No matter where you stand on the spectrum of wine lovers, the second best place to sit down is a winery's tasting room. The very best place to take a seat? In an airplane, being whisked away to the vineyards and cellars where grapes are transformed into wines that tempt and tease your palate. Whether you're an aficionado of after-work drinks, an aspiring connoisseur or a bona fide oenophile, revel in a day trip or linger longer with one of these wine-country getaways.

Monterey County, California

Monterey, California: Grapes kissed by Pacific breezes

The jewel of California's central coastline, Monterey County is known for spectacular scenery, celebrities, cozy inns and its wealth of wineries. A short nonstop flight from San Francisco or Los Angeles lands you in the heart of three distinctive grape-growing regions. If you have just a day to sip and play, head to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where more than a dozen local wineries host tasting rooms in a very walkable four-block section of the quaint downtown. If you can stay longer, meander up the River Road Wine Trail, where chardonnay and pinot noir grapes thrive in the Santa Lucia Highlands soil. For an extra thrill, book an all-terrain vehicle tour of the estate vineyards at Hahn Family Wines just outside the little town of Soledad.

Columbia River Gorge wine country, Oregon and Washington

Columbia Gorge: Oregon and Washington varietals

You might get sidetracked by the stunning scenery on the hour-long drive from Portland International Airport to the Columbia River Gorge wine country. But the evergreen forests, rocky cliffs, waterfalls and rugged hills give you a glimpse at the diverse geology, making the next 40 miles a new mecca for varietal wine lovers. The winery offerings are widely diverse too. Take a tasting tour with cellar-master guides at Cathedral Ridge Winery or time your visit to coincide with a summer concert at the award-winning Maryhill Winery, where artists from Counting Crows to Willie Nelson draw thousands to its outdoor amphitheater.

Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay

Michigan: Old Mission Peninsula

When you yearn for fresh air and expansive views along with Old World-style wines and hospitality, take a tour of the eight wineries perched along Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. From Traverse City, drop into each of the wineries' tasting rooms as you head north up the center of the peninsula to the historic Mission Point Lighthouse. It sits directly on the 45th Parallel — a latitude known for a wine-friendly climate shared with the likes of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Oregon's famed Willamette Valley vineyards. Summer is perfect for sipping samples on the Chateau Grand Traverse winery's patio.

Piney Woods Wine Trail near Tyler, Texas

East Texas: Piney Woods Wine Trail

Get far away from big city hustle and bustle along the Piney Woods Wine Trail, which passes through the laid-back countryside surrounding Tyler, Texas. Travel a little further — about halfway between Dallas/Fort Worth and the Louisiana border — to a string of family-owned vineyards that produce comforting and complex artisan wines. Stop by Kiepersol Estates Vineyards and Wineries for a traditional tasting room experience. Then enjoy fine dining in the estate's restaurant, or stay longer at the RV park or bed-and-breakfast accommodations. In nearby Lindale, visit country music star Miranda Lambert's Pink Pistol shop featuring music merchandise and her signature Red 55 Winery wines.

Piedmont Wine Trail in Maryland

Maryland: Grapes of the Piedmont Plateau

Baltimore-Washington International Airport is your gateway to the vibrant North Maryland wine region. Just a half-hour drive from the airport is the renowned Boordy Vineyards nestled in the peaceful farmland of the state's Piedmont Plateau. Drive a few minutes farther to DeJon Vineyard, a family operation with a tasting room described as country-chic. Both are on the Piedmont Wine Trail. So is the Fiore Winery, a vineyard with Italian roots and a place on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Stay in a local country inn or charming bed-and-breakfast for full relaxation, or trek the short distance back to Baltimore if you enjoy the big city vibe.

Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your next wine tasting getaway.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

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.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

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.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
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    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
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    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
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    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using 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

Cleveland Clinic 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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