United Airlines recently pledged to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and world. Below is a letter from their Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer.
Our shared purpose, "Connecting people. Uniting the world," is really a call for a more inclusive world. One way we fulfill that is by focusing on making our teams as diverse as the communities and customers we serve. We've taken several steps to advance our diversity, equity and inclusion goals, and just announced an important action that will make a difference in the lives of thousands of people. Last year, we became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school — the United Aviate℠ Academy — and this week, we announced we're going to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030, at least half of whom will be women and people of color. We'll create new opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers as commercial airline pilots, one of the most rewarding careers in the industry. And, with JPMorgan Chase, we'll remove some of the financial barriers of entry through millions of dollars in scholarship commitments as well as student loans that ensure applicants will not be turned away solely because they can't afford to enroll. We'll also leverage existing relationships with organizations like Sisters of the Skies, the Latino Pilots Association, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals and the Professional Asian Pilots Association to help steer candidates to our program and use new alliances with historically Black colleges and universities like Delaware State University, Hampton University and Elizabeth City State University to help us identify top talent. We're making real and impactful changes that are more than just pledges or promises to become the most inclusive airline in the industry. It's with deliberate, purposeful actions like these that we'll become a stronger airline for our customers, employees and all the communities we serve.
Sincerely, Jessica Kimbrough
Chief Diversity Equity, and Inclusion Officer