'To This Day I Think of Her With a Debt of Gratitude' - United Hub
women's history month

'To this day I think of her with a debt of gratitude'

By The Hub team, March 13, 2017

In honor of Women's History Month, each week we will profile one of the many strong and inspirational women of United. Follow along throughout the month of March to learn more about their stories.

ORD Airport Operations Ramp Service Manager, Julie Ashley

Growing up, Julie always wanted to work for an airline. Throughout her childhood, her mother had two very good friends who traveled the world — one was an ice skater for the Ice Capades and the other was a flight attendant.

"I loved to hear their stories of travel," Julie recalled. "Since I didn't know how to ice skate, becoming a flight attendant seemed like the best option as, in those times, there were limited roles in an airline for a woman."

After realizing she would never meet the height requirement, Julie decided to pursue a different career. One day, a colleague of Julie's (who also worked for United) encouraged her to apply for a position with the company. Now, after nearly 30 years at United, Julie has made many memories throughout her career. Most fondly, she remembers a woman who inspired her early in her career. "I did not work for her but had many opportunities to observe her. She was impressive in every way. She knew her business, she was kind and supportive of her team, she was confident and never shied away from difficult situations or conversations," Julie recalled. "What impressed me the most is how she worked with others — she always found a way to say yes to work together and help someone. To this day, I think of her with a debt of gratitude for helping to shape me into the leader I am today." Julie serves as just one great example of the strong women of United, and she is now doing her part to support and inspire fellow women colleagues and young girls pursuing careers in aviation.

"There are so many wonderful roles in aviation that are greatly underrepresented by women. Considering a position in what may be considered a non-traditional role for women can be very rewarding," said Julie. "Whatever you may choose to do, do it well, know your stuff, find ways to work successfully with others, and never feel like you don't belong. Women often bring a completely different perspective to the table, which is very important to finding successful outcomes to issues."

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.

Scroll to top