United Airlines Earns Top Honor From Equality Illinois
AIRLINE NAMED 2013 BUSINESS LEADER FOR LGBT POLICIES
CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013
CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --United Airlines has earned the 2013
Business Leadership Award from Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and
largest organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) equality. The award is given annually to a business that demonstrates
vision and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for LGBT
individuals in Illinois.
"United is a global company, and the richness of our different backgrounds,
cultures, experiences and ideas brings enormous value to us," said Jeff
Smisek, chairman, president and CEO of United. "We value inclusion and
diversity in our business and in our lives, and it's important that we take
time to celebrate this. On behalf of my more than 85,000 co-workers, we accept
this award proudly."
"From its Illinois headquarters, United Airlines sets a high standard for the
entire industry of embracing fairness and diversity. The company consistently
leads the corporate world in LGBT workplace equality, and we are proud to
honor their work with the Business Leadership Award," said Bernard Cherkasov,
CEO of Equality Illinois.
United is committed to creating a work environment where all its employees
across the world feel included and empowered to make a measurable difference
in its success. United offers policies, programs, benefits, privileges and
recognition designed to reward and support the success of its diverse
workforce. The airline is equally committed to its multicultural community
sponsorships as well as supplier diversity initiatives.
In 2012, for the fifth consecutive year, United received a 100 percent rating
in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey administered by the
Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which ranks top companies and law firms
based on their LGBT policies.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,472 flights a day
to 381 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express
carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering
customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.
United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale
investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet
by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company
expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More
than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries
around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on
Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental
Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.
Contact: United Continental Holdings, Inc. Worldwide Media Relations,
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