United Airlines and Houston Airport System Break Ground on New Ops Center at Bush AirportHOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines, in partnership with the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System, will break ground today on the airline*s new United Technical Operations Center (UTOC) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The project, which is the next phase of United*s ongoing expansion of facilities at its Houston hub, will add approximately 200,000 square feet of additional hangar capacity for maintaining widebody aircraft, in addition to a new warehouse distribution center, technical services building and administrative offices.
Once completed, the $162 million facility will accommodate widebody aircraft, including Boeing 767s, 777s, 787s and Airbus A350s, and provide an improved work environment with better ergonomics, safety and efficiency for United*s maintenance technicians and support personnel.
**With flights from Houston to destinations around the globe, this new facility and the employees who work here will provide critical support to our worldwide operations,** said Greg Hart, United*s, executive vice president and chief operations officer. **This significant investment in our Houston facilities will enable us to support more aircraft than ever before in Houston and allow us to return them to serving our customers more quickly, while providing a workplace that our people can take pride in.**
The new UTOC, which is expected to be completed in late 2018, will consolidate United*s Houston maintenance facilities, placing engineers in the hangars adjacent to technicians and aircraft for optimal efficiency. In addition, the expanded facilities will generate approximately 200 new jobs.
**Once again, our strong partnership with United Airlines brings us to the beginning of another important project here at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. From work to build not one, but two new terminals, to now this new facility, United and the City of Houston prove that public-private partnerships benefit everyone involved,** said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. **United recognizes the fact that Houston is a tremendous place to do business and they understand that this community embraces them and wants to see them succeed.**
United Airlines and Clean the World Partner to Assemble Hygiene Kits For Hub-Based CharitiesCHICAGO, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines employees this week are volunteering at hubs across the company*s network to assemble more than 15,000 hygiene kits that the airline is donating to charities in its hub markets and communities in the United States impacted by Hurricane Matthew. United is the first airline to partner with Clean the World, which works with hotels around the globe to prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year by providing soap and hygiene education to make handwashing a lifelong habit and encourage childhood development. The volunteer events mark the latest step in United*s ongoing effort to reduce its impact on the environment and support the communities it serves.
Earlier this year, United teamed up with Clean the World to repurpose items from the airline*s international premium cabin amenity kits and donate the hygiene products to those in critical need. United expects to divert more than 60,000 pounds of material that would otherwise go to landfills within the first 12 months of the program. United volunteers are assembling the repurposed items into thousands of new hygiene kits, which include soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and other hygiene products.
**United is committed to playing an active role in the communities we serve, and our employees around our network are working together to help those in need,** said Brett Hart, United*s executive vice president and general counsel. **Partnering with Clean the World enables us to help further address important issues that matter to our employees while also lessening our impact on the environment.**
**The success of Clean the World hinges on the support of great partners like United,** said Shawn Seipler, Clean the World*s founder and chief executive officer. **As our first airline partner, United sets a precedent for other companies outside the hotel and event management industries. United*s amenity kit recycling program – and the volunteer efforts of its employees – will contribute to saving the lives of thousands of individuals in critical need.**
United continues to bring more sustainable products and services to its operation, from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified terminals in Houston and San Francisco to sustainably sourced illy coffee.
In 2015, the airline saved nearly 30 million gallons of jet fuel through emissions reduction efforts, equal to removing more than 60,000 cars from the road. Throughout the past seven years, United has recycled nearly 30 million pounds of aluminum cans, paper and plastic from its flights and facilities. The airline*s ongoing upcycling program diverts advertising material from landfills while creating unique travel bags and accessories.
United recently made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to use commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel, which is part of the fuel on all United flights from its Los Angeles hub.
United Airlines Delivers Best On-Time Summer Performance in Company HistoryCHICAGO, Sept. 2, 2016 -- United Airlines continued its stretch of record-breaking operational performance by achieving its best on-time results for a summer travel season in company history. Beginning June 1 through Aug. 31, more than 76 percent of mainline and regional flights arrived on time, representing a five percent increase over summer 2015 and a nearly 10 percent increase over summer 2014.
**Our focus on delivering reliable, on-time service to our customers continues to result in record-breaking operational performance across our system,** said Greg Hart, United*s chief operations officer and executive vice president. **Thanks to the hard work of our entire team, we flew more customers to their destinations on time this summer, despite encountering more days of challenging weather than in the previous years.**
Key highlights of United*s ongoing operational improvements include:
• A company-best performance for flights arriving at or before their scheduled arrival time during the busy July 4 holiday travel period.
• Earning a first or second place ranking among peers in key arrival and departure measures in the three months between Memorial Day and Sept. 1, when United transported more than 53 million customers.
• A company-best start to a year from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31 for flights arriving on time.
United launched several key initiatives last year to improve reliability and enhance the customer experience, including making scheduling adjustments, increasing its focus on teamwork and equipping more employees with mobile technology to better serve customers. The airline has equipped its pilots and flight attendants with mobile devices and has begun deploying additional devices to other airport-based employees.
Additionally, United is utilizing innovative technology in the company*s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center in Chicago, enabling the airline to better predict and recover from weather-related operational challenges. As United stated earlier this year, the airline expects approximately $300 million of value by 2018 from running a more reliable airline.