United Airlines has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-900ER with a big stripe across its rear fuselage painted in two shades of purple.
The Boeing 737-900ER, which is registered N66848, has a special livery commemorating a decade of United Airlines supporting the charity ‘March of Dimes’ and the charity’s mission to provide families throughout the U.S. with care and information on pregnancy and having healthy babies.
Operated by the newly delivered, theme-painted 737-900ER, United flight UA2051 departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on the morning of April 16 bound for Chicago O’Hare. Its passenger complement was composed of customers and United partners who have supported the March of Dimes through United’s fund-raising efforts.
Each guest was personally welcomed aboard the special flight by the 2015 March of Dimes National Ambassador Family: long-time United employee Elise Jackson, her son Elijah and her husband Todd.
United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and the 2015 March for Babies National Chairman John Rainey also personally thanked guests for their meaningful contributions.
“Our ‘purple plane’ is more than just a fun and unique paint job – it’s a symbol of the long-standing partnership between our customers and employees and the March of Dimes,” said Rainey.
“We know that so many people who fly with us have been touched by the issue of premature birth, and we hope that as customers spot this plane flying around the country, we can bring continued awareness and support to this very important issue,” added Rainey.
Over the past nine years, United employees have contributed more than $5.5 million to the March of Dimes and have walked more than 36,000 miles in March for Babies events throughout the U.S.
Last year, United and its employees raised more than $700,000 for March of Dimes research, education and services.
This year, United has committed to raise $1.2 million for the organization, with about half of that coming from employee efforts.
Thanks to the generosity of the passengers onboard flight UA2051, United has raised $780,000 for the March of Dimes from the April 16 delivery of the March of Dimes theme-painted aircraft.