United Airlines Named a Top Company for LGBT Equality

On 25/10/2013, in Airline corner, by steve

LGBTUnited Airlines was named one of the “Top Companies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality” for 2013 by Work Life Matters magazine at an awards gala in New York City on Thursday evening. The annual award is presented to U.S. companies that lead their industries in developing programs and policies that support LGBT employees and promote workplace equality.

“At United, we are committed to supporting the rich diversity of ideas and experiences that reflect all of our customers and co-workers, and we are proud to receive this great recognition,” said Mike Bonds, the airline’s executive vice president for human resources and labor relations. “The unique backgrounds, lifestyles and perspectives of our diverse workforce help us improve the experience for our customers and create innovative solutions to our global business needs.”

United has long supported programs that promote LGBT awareness and inclusion. Earlier this year, the company received the Business Leadership Award from Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest LGBT advocacy group. United has also been named a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign five years in a row, and scored a 100 percent rating on the organization’s Corporate Equality Index.

While several companies were recognized by Work Life Matters for their LGBT-friendly policies and initiatives, United received the magazine’s top honor for the travel category. “We are pleased to honor each of these leading firms for serving as corporate pioneers by supporting the advancement of LGBT equality within their own organizations, as well as to the community-at-large,” said Lori Sokol, Ph.D., founder and publisher of Work Life Matters.




On 14/10/2013, in ATC world, by steve

CANSOCANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation commends States meeting at the 38th ICAO Assembly on their decisions to take important steps toward the transformation of global air traffic management (ATM) performance. States approved the Global Aviation Safety Plan and the Global Air Navigation Plan, which will provide the blueprint to ensure a safe and globally harmonised planning framework for the aviation system over the next 15 years. They also approved a market-based measure for mitigating the impact of aviation emissions.

CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, said, “CANSO’s Vision 2020 sets out our clear objective to deliver the transformation of global ATM performance; to enable airlines to fly in seamless airspace globally across ‘invisible’ borders. ICAO shares our vision of a globally harmonised and interoperable air navigation system and at the 38th ICAO Assembly States took three important steps towards its realisation.”

First, States approved the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP). This will provide a strategic framework for States and industry to ensure the harmonisation and coordination of efforts to improve aviation safety, the industry’s number one priority. Through its Members, CANSO will be instrumental in contributing to the implementation of GASP and is pleased that States recognised the value of industry best practice to assist service providers in their compliance with national safety regulations. CANSO’s Standard of Excellence in Safety Management Systems provides a framework for continually improving the safety management practices within ANSPs. States also accepted CANSO’s recommendations that implementation of GASP needs to be supported with planning and decision-making tools that will assist in determining priorities, in line with capabilities and available resources, thus ensuring the harmonisation and coordination of efforts aimed at improving aviation safety.

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United Airlines Launches 100th Aircraft with Satellite Wi-Fi

On 14/10/2013, in Airline corner, by steve

United Airlines has launched its 100th aircraft equipped with satellite Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, offering more customers the ability to stay connected inflight. United offers satellite Wi-Fi on more long-haul overseas flights than any other U.S.-based carrier, enabling customers throughout the aircraft to connect to the Internet via their personal devices and remain productive.

United is outfitting approximately 30 aircraft each month with satellite Wi-Fi technology and expects to have nearly 200 aircraft equipped with the service by the end of 2013. The airline currently offers satellite Wi-Fi on 13 Boeing 747 aircraft, which fly international routes to and from San Francisco – the country’s premier trans-Pacific hub – as well as routes to and from Los Angeles.

United also offers satellite Wi-Fi on more than half of its combined fleet of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, which operate in North America markets, and air-to-ground Internet connectivity on its entire fleet of Boeing 757 transcontinental p.s. Premium Service aircraft, which operate between New York Kennedy and Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“United is improving the inflight experience and offering more customers the ability to stay connected, whether traveling throughout the country or abroad,” said Jeff Foland, executive vice president of marketing, technology and strategy. “The expansion of satellite Wi-Fi capability underscores our commitment to provide our customers with the user-friendly experience they expect from the world’s leading airline.”

In-Flight Entertainment Options

United currently offers live television on 200 aircraft and plans to equip those aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi. The airline expects to introduce the first Boeing 737 aircraft equipped with Ka-band satellite technology into service later this fall.

Additionally this fall, United will begin rolling-out Wi-Fi-enabled wireless entertainment, which the airline expects to eventually have on more than 200 aircraft, including Airbus A319s and A320s, Boeing 747s and other fleets by mid-2014. This new option will offer customers on-demand programming from a library of movies and television shows, and equipped aircraft will offer more than 150 movies and nearly 200 television shows through its wireless network. Customers may access these entertainment options with a host of portable electronic devices, including many laptops, smartphones and tablets.


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