United Airlines Celebrates Juneteenth With All-Black Crew on Special Flight from Houston to Chicago


United Airlines celebrated Juneteenth with a special flight from Houston to Chicago with an all-Black crew from the flight attendants and pilots to the gate agents, and more.

The flight, UA1258, took off from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10:30 a.m. and flew to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, commemorating the holiday and celebrating the launch of United’s Black Business Resource Group, the airline shared with Travel + Leisure.

“As a global airline driven by our purpose and values, we’re in the business of bringing people together,” Jessica Kimbrough, United’s chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, told T+L. “This flight represents our commitment to doing our part to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and world.”

To celebrate the momentous flight, United covered the gate in balloons and waved the plane off with a water cannon salute.

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SOURCE: Travel + Leisure, Alison Fox