American Red Cross Honors United Airlines With Two Humanitarian Awards

Awards Presented for Ongoing Support of Humanitarian Efforts, as well as Tsunami Relief

United Generates Most Mileage and Financial Donations of Any Airline

CHICAGO, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In honor of its longstanding support, as well as United’s coordinated efforts to encourage customers to donate cash and Mileage Plus(R) miles to aid in the Indian Ocean tsunami relief efforts last December, the American Red Cross presented United Airlines with two awards: its annual Circle of Humanitarians Award and an award for United’s tsunami relief work.

“We are honored and grateful that United Airlines, its employees and customers have transformed their care and compassion into relief for tsunami survivors by making financial contributions and donating Mileage Plus miles to the American Red Cross,” said Kathleen Loehr, Vice President for Strategic Fundraising for the American Red Cross. “Only with this type of generous support can we deliver the lifesaving programs and services through our Tsunami Recovery Program.”

“We are delighted to accept these awards on behalf of our customers, who made generous donations of their own, contributing tens of millions of miles to our relief fund, as well as our employees, who worked hard to provide immediate support to the region and contributed miles and funds of their own,” says United’s Senior Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs Rosemary Moore. “Our work with the Red Cross exemplifies the importance of United’s partnerships with both local and international organizations that address the urgent needs of the communities that we serve.”

United played a proactive role immediately after the December 26 tsunami with a special donation of Mileage Plus Charity Miles. In fact, United customers donated almost 40 million miles in the first week alone and more than 71 million to date. The link the company posted on has garnered more than $1 million in donations. United also offered to help fulfill supply and shipping needs as determined in the region, and facilitated customers’ and employees’ donations of cash by awarding 500 bonus miles to eligible Mileage Plus members who donated $50 or more to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. One hundred percent of the monies donated to the fund was allocated to tsunami relief, while ongoing mileage donations continue to support both domestic and international relief and preparedness efforts. This year, United has generated the most mileage and financial donations of any airline and was the only carrier to receive these awards.

About United

United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) is the world’s second largest airline and operates more than 3,400 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United is also a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to nearly 800 destinations in 139 countries worldwide. United’s 58,500 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company’s Web site at

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