United Airlines ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek´s 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world´s largest publicly traded companies, the company said.
United placed 59th among 500 US brands and 100th among 500 global brands, further strengthening the company´s position as a sustainable airline.
Newsweek´s recognition of United´s green initiatives follows Air Transport World (ATW) magazine naming United the Eco-Airline of the Year last year for the company´s environmental leadership, innovation and action within the industry. Air Transport World has twice named United the Eco-Airline of the Year since the carrier launched its industry-leading Eco-Skies program.
United´s Eco-Skies program represents the company´s commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to support a sustainable future. Several of United´s most-significant environmental achievements include:
Becoming the first US airline to begin using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights, marking a significant milestone in the industry by moving beyond demonstrations and test programs to the use of low-carbon biofuels for ongoing operations.
Investing more than USD 30 million in US-based alternative aviation fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., which represented the single largest investment by any airline globally in alternative fuels.
Becoming the first US airline to repurpose items from the carrier´s international premium cabin amenity kits and partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. The common stock of United´s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “UAL”.