United Airlines participated in the annual Girls in Aviation Day over the weekend across the system both at home and abroad, including in its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. In Newark, the event brought together nearly 40 young women, ages 14-18, from the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, the Boys & Girls Club Newark and Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County to learn from United’s women about day-to-day roles, including non-traditionally female roles, and various career opportunities available in aviation.
“United Airlines is dedicated to empowering women throughout the world, and especially in our hometown areas such as New Jersey. We were so excited to have these young women be a part of our record number of Girls in Aviation Day events around the world. Our commitment is to lead in promoting diversity and equality throughout our company - from front line employees to senior leaders all across our global network - and that effort begins with introducing girls to various aviation careers as they begin to think about their own futures,” noted Blenda Riddick, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for United Airlines.
“We were grateful for the opportunity to give girls a real-life glimpse into the diversity of opportunities open to women in the aviation industry. Spending the day with so many women from across United's workforce who have made strides in male-dominated trades was encouraging and inspiring; we suspect we may have some future pilots, ramp managers, and technicians on our hands,” noted Natasha Hemmings, CEO Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.
United is committed to be a leader in advancing women in the aviation industry. As part of the airline’s efforts to break down barriers and promote inclusion while inspiring a future generation of aviation leaders that includes women, United has worked with Women in Aviation for more than 25 years. Earlier this year, the airline held a contest, Her Art Here, which was designed to find and uplift underrepresented women artists by providing a chance to have their work painted on a canvas like no other — a United Airlines aircraft. The airline employs the most female pilots of any major airline, and Girls in Aviation Day is one way United works with the organization to ensure a growing number of female pilots. This year, Newark’s Girls in Aviation Day event was part of a record number of 17 locations around the world.
Every customer. Every flight. Every day.
In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers' best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today's announcement, this year United:
- Announced that MileagePlus award miles will never expire
- Gave Economy customers a choice of complimentary snacks on domestic flights
- Made DIRECTV free for every customer on more than 200 aircraft
- Released a new version of the award-winning, most downloaded app in the airline industry
- Launched a new tool called ConnectionSaver, dedicated to improving the experience for customers with connecting flights
- Partnered with CLEAR on free or discounted memberships for MileagePlus members
- Announced PlusPoints, new upgrade benefits for MileagePlus Premier members
- And introduced products in its amenity kits made exclusively for the airline by luxury skincare line Sunday Riley
United’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 788 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 560 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".