Saturday, 11 May 2019

Pedaling for a Purpose? United Airlines provides discounted fares and free checked bikes for AIDS/LifeCycle cyclists

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United Airlines announced today it is offering an airfare discount and free checked bikes for customers flying to ride in the AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Available for purchase now, the discount is valid for cyclists booking travel originating worldwide to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) and out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), John Wayne (SNA), and Burbank (BUR) airports, between May 26 to June 11.

For every 40 customers who fly with United's discounted fares, AIDS/LifeCycle will earn 400 dollars in funds which can be used for United products, including flight arrangements between San Francisco and Los Angeles for AIDS/LifeCycle staff.


"United's commitment to the AIDS/LifeCycle ride is about more than bringing together our two California hub cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles," said Janet Lamkin, United's president for California. "Our support for this ride is about deepening our commitment to the LGBT community, and by offering these discounts we hope to grow the number of participants, and in turn, activists who can together raise awareness and additional funding for services that address HIV/AIDS."

United supports the AIDS/LifeCycle mission to raise awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic and fund services such as HIV testing, prevention, care, and more. In addition to United employees cycling in the 7-day, 545-mile bike ride for Team United, the airline will supply support along the ride for all cyclists, providing bandanas, equipment changes and other support to help cyclists get to the finish line in Los Angeles. To purchase, cyclists can visit united.com/meetingtravel and enter "ZFWZ101320" in the offer code box.

"We are thrilled to have United Airlines as a member of the AIDS/LifeCycle community. United's generosity provides a great travel benefit for participants who come from all over the country to make the 7-day journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles," said Tracy Evans, ride director for AIDS/LifeCycle. "The access United provides means more people can join and fundraise through AIDS/LifeCycle, resulting in more programs and services being delivered to the ride's two beneficiaries: San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Thank you, United."

Today's announcement builds on United's continued commitment to California and to the LGBT community. The airline most recently has been recognized with the "Best-of-the-Best" designation by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the National Business Inclusion Consortium and a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) foundation. These organizations recognize United's leading initiatives for equality including today's announcement and the recent announcement that United became the first U.S. airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all booking channels in addition to providing the option to select the title "Mx." during booking and in a MileagePlus customer profile. United customers and employees have the option to identify themselves as M (male), F (female), U (undisclosed) or X (unspecified), corresponding with what is indicated on their passports or identification.

Every customer. Every flight. Every day.

In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers' best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today's announcement, United recently announced that luxury skincare line Sunday Riley will make products exclusively for United customers to experience in amenity kits, released a re-imagined version of the most downloaded app in the airline industry and made DIRECTV free for every passenger on 211 aircraft, offering more than 100 channels on seatback monitors on more than 30,000 seats.


AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It's a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California's most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV.

United  Tops for Diversity 

                      This week, United Airlines was honoured by DiversityInc with their "DiversityInc Top 50" designation, lauding the airline's leadership in promoting diversity through a diversity-focused talent pipeline and talent development, leadership accountability and a top supplier diversity program. The airline received the award at the 2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Announcement Event on May 7 in New York City.

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United's diversity and inclusion initiatives include efforts to build a more inclusive workplace and customer experience. Through these initiatives, the airline demonstrates its commitment to engaging with and advocating for various diverse groups, some of which are the LGBT community, people of colour, women, veterans and people with disabilities. United also works with partner organizations to engage young people from all backgrounds to build a more diverse aviation industry and works with partner organizations to bridge opportunity divides for underrepresented groups across the economy.


"As a global airline, United believes strongly that inclusion and empowerment should be at the forefront of our customer and employee initiatives," said Lori Bradley, senior vice president of Global Talent Management at United Airlines. "We are proud of this distinction as the only airline in this group and thank DiversityInc for recognizing United's commitment to diversity."

This recognition follows the airline's recent announcement that United became the first U.S. airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all booking channels in addition to providing the option to select the title "Mx." during booking and in a MileagePlus customer profile. United has continued to expand its Business Resource Groups (BRGs) across the U.S. and internationally for employees, adding more chapters for LGBT employees and women, as well as establishing a new BRG for employees with disabilities. In 2018, the airline also hosted a record number of Girls in Aviation Day events in locations across the system and continues to lead the industry by employing the highest number of female pilots.

The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity is the leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America and globally. Receiving this designation confirms through data-driven analysis that United is committed to and successfully promotes the advancement of underrepresented groups in the workplace.
SOURCE United Airlines


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