United's roots run deep at Newark Liberty International Airport—and in the communities it serves
IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO this month that Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport opened. With extensive investment over time, it’s become one of the nation’s most modern airport terminals, and it is the cornerstone of the most extensive network of air service in the New York/Newark area.
From Newark Liberty, just a stone’s throw (or a short, direct train ride) from New York City, United operates more than 400 daily departures carrying a total of roughly 35,000 travelers to points across the globe. And the 13,000-plus United employees in New York and New Jersey have worked harder, volunteered longer and invested more than those of any other airline to support and grow the region.
“Our airline has roots here,” says Toby Enqvist, vice president of United’s Newark operations. “And those roots didn’t just grow overnight; we’ve made it a priority to be a part of and give back to a community that has given so much to us.”
Lincoln Center, the Newark Museum, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS—from arts and cultural passions, to health and education, to sending children fighting illness on flights to see Santa Claus, United works to make the New York/Newark region greater every day.
As always, it’s about United’s people, like Newark-based Pharaoh Salomon, who joined other co-workers, families and friends in a project with the Greater Newark Conservancy to plant trees on an abandoned lot.
“I was proud, even honored, to be part of something so beneficial to revitalizing the community where I live,” said Salomon, an environmental specialist senior staff representative. “It was great to see members of the United family rolling up their sleeves and giving back to the community we serve.”
Q: How has aviation changed since you started your career?
A: I’ve seen many changes since I first started flying out of Newark 30 years ago. Back then, Newark was a quiet, primarily domestic airport. Today, it’s one of the busiest international gateways.
Also, technology has improved dramatically. Aircraft today are safer, quieter and more fuel-efficient. We use satellite technology for GPS navigation and communication, enabling us to fly much more efficiently and reduce fuel consumption. Customers increasingly have in-flight entertainment systems and in-seat power. We are installing new in-flight Wi-Fi systems. Electronic ticketing and online services were unheard of when I first stepped into the cockpit.
It’s amazing, all the changes that have improved air travel during my aviation career.
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