United to host 8th annual plane pull
In support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, United will host the 8th Annual Plane Pull “Towing the Line to Save Lives” on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the United hangar in Tiyan. Entry fees will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Each team will compete to pull a United Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The team that pulls the aircraft 12 feet in the fastest time will be named the 2013 United Plane Pull Champion. Teamwork, strength and fun will be needed as each team pulls together to save lives.
Since 2006, the United Plane Pull event, with the support of over 4,500 participants, has raised over $206,000 for the American Cancer Society. United is encouraging corporations on Guam to join the annual charity event to help the community. Corporations interested in participating in the event should contact the United City Ticket Office at 645-8123 or 645-8108.
“As the hometown airline of Guam, we are proud to continue hosting the annual Plane Pull event with United employees working together to save lives. It is an excellent cause and another opportunity to pull together as a community and join the fight against cancer,” said Sam Shinohara, United’s managing director of Business Development for Asia Pacific.
Each Plane Pull team consists of 20 members with five alternate members. There is an all male division and a coed division in which each team must have a minimum of six female members. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft is 129 feet long, 41 feet high and 124 feet wide, weighing a total of 145,000 pounds. A portion of concession proceeds will also help raise money for Guam Cancer Care.
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