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'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-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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