United Airlines celebrated the 25th anniversary of the airline's Terminal C hub facility at Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the world's most modern airport terminals and the cornerstone of the original and largest New York/New Jersey airline hub.
Travelers arriving and departing at Newark Liberty also got a look at the airline's new uniforms for the first time. The airline is also setting up a temporary exhibit during the two-hour period demonstrating how air travel has evolved since 1988.
"We are pleased to celebrate United's long history at our Newark hub - a premier global gateway and a powerful economic engine," said Jeff Smisek, United's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We continue to make investments in our terminal facilities, our services and our people to ensure United's Terminal C remains a great place for our customers and co-workers."
As part of the event, Smisek will outline the airline's plans for further investments at Terminal C, including: a redesign of the airline's check-in facilities, installation in gate areas of flight-information displays that offer customers more detailed information about their flights, construction of a widebody maintenance hangar that economic development officials anticipate will drive $52 million in economic activity in the region and a new checked-baggage screening system.
In addition, United said nearly two dozen United pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents and ramp workers debuted the new uniforms that United employees worldwide will wear beginning on June 25. This is the first time that all employees at the new United will wear the same uniforms.
The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly from any of the three New York-area airports since the aircraft re-entered service will depart for Houston. United said with more than 13,000 local employees, United is the New York area's largest airline, offering more flights and more seats from the region to more destinations around the world than any other airline in history.
United said it now offers more than 400 flights each day from Newark Liberty to more than 150 destinations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, giving New York-area travelers more flights and more destinations via United and United Express than any other airline.
Newark Liberty's location and rail links make it the most convenient hub airport for travelers originating in north and central New Jersey, parts of New York City including Wall Street, and southern New York State, United said.