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Everyone Looks Good in Pink

United shows its true colors in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

IF YOU SEE coworkers from our United and Continental subsidiaries sporting pink hats, ties or scarves this month, it’s because they’re showing their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

By wearing pink items throughout October, our coworkers become visible symbols of United’s support for those battling the disease and for those working to find a cure.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in American women, after skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 230,480 cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2011. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

The new United is proud to continue its involvement with organizations that raise awareness and provide critical care and support to individuals and families affected by this disease. That support will be a significant part of our portfolio of giving. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, United’s support will help increase awareness about breast cancer, share information on the disease and provide greater access to screening.

Customers can also support the cause at any time throughout the year by making a donation of MileagePlus or OnePass miles to the American Cancer Society at united.com/charitymiles or continental.com/charitymiles. Through the generosity of our customers, more than 180 million miles have already been donated to help individuals fighting cancer receive the treatment they need.

We hope that you will join us in continuing to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Walk, donate, educate — and wear your pink proudly.


With Captain Mike Bowers

Q: Whenever I see pilots in the airport, they always seem to be carrying a large briefcase along with their luggage. What’s in there?
A: Pilots are required to carry certain manuals and navigational charts with them in flight. The combined United and Continental fleets form the world’s leading airline and, as such, their pilots need to carry a large amount of navigational charts (those briefcases can weigh as much as 40 pounds!). Due to the heft of the bags and the desire to go paperless, we’re in the process of converting our paper charts into an electronic form that can display on an Apple iPad. Each pilot will soon be issued an iPad containing all of the information that was previously in our paper manuals. In the future, you shouldn’t be seeing us toting the heavy bags around anymore.

Do you have a question for Captain Bowers? Write to him at askthepilot@united.com

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