Chicago Urban League Teams Up With United Airlines to Fly Local High School Students to China

 Chicago Urban League Teams Up With United Airlines to Fly Local High School
                              Students to China

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, June 12, 2013

CHICAGO, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Urban League in conjunction
with the China-United States Exchange Foundation and United Airlines will lead
Chicago high school students on an educational, cultural and social
journey-of-a-lifetime through China.

More than 20Chicago students will spend two weeks of their summer vacation,
June 22 – July 6, taking in the sights, sounds and cultural offerings of
Beijing, Shanghai and other Chinese cities. Hailing from more than 15 Chicago
public and charter schools, students were selected for the trip following a
rigorous application and nomination process.

"This trip gives our students an opportunity to discover their potential and
gain invaluable leadership skills, greater global awareness and interpersonal
perspective that comes with traveling abroad," said Andrea L. Zopp, president
and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.

"At United, we know how valuable travel is and how life-changing it can be,"
said Brett Hart, executive vice president andgeneral counsel for United and a
member of the Chicago Urban League's board of directors. "We're honored to
partner with the Chicago Urban League and to help offer these students a
memorable experience abroad."

To help prepare for the trip, the students participated in several workshops
focused on various aspects of Chinese culture, including language, philosophy,
history, and economic and social development. Media are invited to attend the
students' final workshop at the Chicago Urban League – 4510 S. Michigan Avenue
– and send-off celebration at United's Terminal in Chicago O'Hare
International Airport.

WHAT: China "exchange" trip for Chicago high school students
WHEN & WHERE:      Thursday, June 13 – Final student workshop
                      Saturday, June 15 – Student send-off celebration
                      Media interested in attending the student workshop or
                      send-off celebration should RSVP to: Lauren Love at
HOW:        or (773) 896-5723; or
                      Jennifer Dohm at or (872)

About the Chicago Urban League

Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational
and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable
communities through progressive advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For
more information, visit

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,446 flights a day
to more than 370 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 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 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 Airlines

Contact: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640,
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