United Airlines Wins Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation Awards United the
2014 Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award for Travel Suppliers
CHICAGO, May 15, 2014
CHICAGO, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --United Airlines this week was honored
with a Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award as a travel supplier by
the GBTA Foundation and Project ICARUS. The Foundation recognized United for
outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering
industry-leading sustainability programs, products and services.
"This is a great honor for United and reflects the growing importance of
sustainability to our corporate customers," said Angela Foster-Rice, United's
managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability. "As part of our
Eco-Skies commitment, we continue to take actions to reduce our impact on the
environment by promoting the use of biofuels, rolling out more sustainable
products and working with our customers and business partners to promote
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global
Business Travel Association, the world's premier business travel and corporate
meetings organization. Project ICARUS is a GBTA Foundation initiative and is
the most widely recognized and respected Corporate Sustainability and
Corporate Social Responsibility program within the global business travel and
United Airlines has demonstrated leadership in environmental initiatives by
establishing ambitious, leading-edge programs. United's recent achievements
oUnited in 2013 was recognized as the Eco-Aviation Gold Airline of the Year
by Air Transport World for its leadership in environmental efforts.
oUnited's new eco-friendly InCycle^® coffee cup, made from up to 50 percent
recycled materials, is now available in United Clubs and on flights.
oThe company in early 2014 became the first airline in the world to fly
with the split scimitar winglet technology that cuts fuel consumption by
up to an additional 2 percent over the airline's existing fuel-saving
oSince 1994, United has improved its fuel efficiency by 33 percent.
oThe company in 2013 reduced CO2 emissions by more than 925,000 metric tons
and reduced fuel consumption by more than 95 million gallons through fuel
efficiency initiatives, exceeding its goal of reducing fuel consumption by
85 million gallons.
oThe airline increased orders for new Boeing and Airbus aircraft that are
15 to 20 percent more fuel efficient than those they'll replace and now
has more than 230 of these new, fuel-efficient aircraft on order.
oUnited is a leader in the advancement and use of alternative fuels, making
history in commercial aviation with its partnership with AltAir Fuels to
bring commercial-scale, cost-competitive renewable jet fuel to its Los
Angeles hub later this year.
oSince 2006, the company has recycled more than 23.5 million pounds of
aluminum cans, paper and plastic.
oUnited recently announced an enhancement to its carbon-offset program that
allows MileagePlus members to redeem their miles for offsets to cover the
carbon emissions associated with their air travel.
oThrough its Eco-Skies Community Grants program, United has awarded nearly
$100,000 to environmental organizations where the company's employees
volunteer in their communities.
For more information on United's commitment to the environment, visit
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200
flights a day to 369 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and
United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the
world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers.
United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery
of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the B787-9 as the North American launch
customer, and will welcome 27 new E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline
is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries
via 26 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, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock
of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE
under the symbol UAL.
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