Flying Towards a More Sustainable Future: United Airlines Honored as *Eco-Airline of the Year*CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time since launching its industry-leading Eco-Skies program, United Airlines was named the Eco-Airline of the Year by Air Transport World (ATW) magazine. The award recognizes an airline in global commercial aviation for its environmental leadership as demonstrated by consistent and impactful environmental action within the company and in the industry. The magazine awarded United with the top honor for multiple initiatives in 2016 and prior years, including becoming the first U.S. airline to begin using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights, marking a significant milestone in the industry by moving beyond demonstrations and test programs to the use of low-carbon biofuels for ongoing operations.
**Innovation and sustainability are twin engines that drive our progress as the most environmentally conscious airline in the world,** said Oscar Munoz, United*s chief executive officer. **From pioneering investments in biofuels to increasing efficiency and reducing waste to supporting a single global market based measure for carbon emissions, United is committed to innovating solutions that we hope will become the expectation for our industry, not the exception. And while we take great pride in this important recognition for our efforts, the measure of our success is the opinion of our children and grandchildren who will look back on our efforts and say that we lived up to our obligations to them in protecting the planet for future generations.**
United*s Eco-Skies program represents the company*s commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to create a sustainable future. In addition to incorporating sustainable biofuel into its operations at Los Angeles International Airport, United*s recent environmental achievements include:
• Investing $30 million in U.S.-based alternative aviation fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., which represented the single largest investment by any airline globally in alternative fuels.
• Becoming the first U.S. airline to repurpose items from the carrier*s international premium cabin amenity kits and partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.
• Partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration to demonstrate the potential benefits of new satellite-based technology for instrument landings that enable aircraft to use fuel more efficiently on arrival and land at normal rates in challenging weather.
• Continuing to replace its eligible ground equipment and service vehicles with cleaner, electrically powered alternatives, with 37 percent of the fleet converted to date.
• Becoming the first airline to fly with Boeing*s Split Scimitar winglets, which reduce fuel consumption by up to 2 percent; United is the largest Split Scimitar winglet customer today.
• Being the only U.S.-based airline named to the Carbon Disclosure Project*s **Leadership** category for its environmental disclosure, with an A- Climate score in 2016.
• Sourcing illy coffee*s internationally certified supply chain of farmers who earn above-market prices in exchange for meeting quality and sustainability standards for the finest coffee.
• Offering Eco-Skies CarbonChoice, the airline industry*s only integrated carbon offset program for corporate business travel and cargo shipments.
United Airlines Previews Spacious New Terminal C North at Houston*s George Bush IntercontinentalFebruary 09, 2017
HOUSTON, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, United Airlines, Houston*s leading carrier, previewed its new Terminal C North at Houston*s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in partnership with the Houston Airport System and the airport hospitality group OTG.
At 265,000-square-feet, the new $277 million space is more than 100,000 square feet larger than the already existing Terminal C, offering a more comfortable and lavish concourse-to-gate experience for United*s customers. Aircraft enthusiasts will enjoy the sweeping tarmac views courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling concourse windows, and all travelers will relish the expansive gate-lounge areas, world-class retail shops and fresh, locally inspired dining options.
**This new terminal is truly befitting Houston*s hometown airline,** United president Scott Kirby said, **and just like Houston, we*re proud to call this gorgeous new space home. Everywhere you look in Terminal C – from the food choices to the modern designs to the relaxed surroundings – you*ll notice the attention to detail and the innovative thinking that went into creating this facility.**
United has served Houston for more than 70 years. From its hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, United and United Express offer nearly 500 daily flights to more than 170 destinations around the world, including top business and leisure markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The Houston hub is United*s premier gateway to Latin America, serving 52 nonstop destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean. United is also one of Houston*s largest employers, with more than 14,000 Houston-based employees.
OTG will oversee the culinary and retail operations in the new terminal (as well as those in Terminal B South and Terminal E), introducing an array of sophisticated and contemporary amenities. United*s Terminal C North will be home to several unique eateries created by some of the region*s most renowned chefs, including a taqueria by Chef Roland Laurenzo, a Neapolitan-style pizza concept imagined by Chef Ryan Pera, Chef John Nguyen*s Vietnamese-Cajun fusion eatery, a Panini bar designed by Chef Monica Pope and a Houston-centric tavern by the James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd. Aside from taste and quality, OTG*s concepts are also known for their tech-enhanced hospitality, driven by OTG*s award-winning and iPad based flo® tech, and OTG*s focus on locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients.
**We couldn*t be more proud of this partnership with United and the program we*ve developed for C-North,** said Rick Blatstein, OTG CEO. **In sourcing some of Houston*s most celebrated culinary talent, designing fully immersive spaces and implementing leading-edge tech, we*ve ensured a world-class airport experience, built for the United traveler.**
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.**