United Airlines Donates One Million Miles To Make-A-Wish® Illinois
CHICAGO, June 14, 2013
CHICAGO, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --For the second straight year, United
Airlines will donate one million MileagePlus miles to Make-A-Wish^® Illinois,
a donation that will help children with life-threatening illnesses reach their
wish destinations. The airline donated the miles as part of the annual
Make-A-Wish "Mileathon" held earlier this week.
United pledged to match up to one million miles donated by its MileagePlus
members during the one-day Mileathon – part of the Make-A-Wish^® Wishes in
Flight^® program. Several United employees also volunteered at the event,
raising charity miles from Make-A-Wish supporters and MileagePlus members.
"United has been a proud partner of Make-A-Wish for more than 15 years," said
Martin Hand, United's senior vice president of customer experience and a
Make-A-Wish America board member. "We are grateful to our MileagePlus members
for their generous donations, and we are thrilled to continue supporting this
special program on behalf of all our customers."
United employees regularly collaborate with local Make-A-Wish chapters,
helping fulfill travel wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses and
their families. Make-A-Wish is one of United's top recipients for charity
miles, with United employees and customers donating more than 500 million
miles to date. Through these donations, the airline has helped fulfill more
than 3,125 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
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 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.
Make-A-Wish^® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical
conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals
surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of
children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses,
and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.
Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's
charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its
territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers,
Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has
granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in
2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.
SOURCE United Airlines
Contact: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640,
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