39 Teams Tow the Lines to Fight Cancer at 11th Annual United Plane Pull Event

by Aubriene Merfalen

GUAM, June 21, 2016 – As Guam’s hometown airline, United Airlines proudly hosted its 11th annual signature Plane Pull event -- “Towing the Line to Save Lives” -- at the United hangar in Tiyan on June 18, uniting the community in support of the fight against cancer.

This year, almost 1,000 individuals representing 39 teams dug their heels into the tarmac to take a stand against cancer, supported by more than 500 cheering spectators made up of cancer survivors, friends and family.

The thirty-nine teams, comprised of 20 members towing the line and five alternates, competed to pull a United Boeing 737-800 aircraft -- 129 feet long, 41 feet high and 124 feet wide, weighing a total of 145,000 pounds -- 12 feet in the fastest time.  The top three male and co-ed teams walked away with trophies and airline tickets from United.  Two teams, one from each category, claimed the coveted title of 2016 United Plane Pull Champion: A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority (Men’s Division Champions); and United Fire Family sponsored by Committee to Elect Regine Biscoe Lee (Co-ed Division Champions). The Westin Resort Guam earned the 2016 Team Spirit Award for the fifth time in the event’s history.

Sam Shinohara, United’s Managing Director, Airport-Asia/Pacific said: “Our beneficiaries, American Cancer Society and Guam Cancer Care, do an incredible job of caring for Guam’s cancer patients and their families, and we are proud to support their efforts. At some juncture, the American Cancer Society will find a cure for cancer, but in the meantime Guam Cancer Care is helping our friends and neighbors seek the right cancer treatment.  We want to help them in their endeavors to beat cancer.  This is an employee-sponsored and -driven event, and I want to recognize my almost 1,000 co-workers who helped to make this happen.”

Since 2006 United, with the support of the Guam community, has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars to benefit the American Cancer Society and Guam Cancer Care.  The annual event is organized and hosted by United employees and has attracted the support of more than 9,000 participants over the past 11 years.

Results for the Men's Division
1st Place: A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam - Team Airport Fuetsan Man Metgot - On it 24/7 (Pulling Force) with a time of 5.14 seconds
2nd Place: FD All Stars sponsored by Moylan's NetCare with a time of 5.15 seconds
3rd Place: LeoPalace Resort Guam/Team Chikara - with a time of 5.20 seconds
Results for the Co-Ed Division
1st Place: United Fire Family sponsored by Committee to Elect Regine Biscoe Lee - with a time of 5.34 seconds
2nd Place: Judiciary of Guam/Team Justice - with a time of 5.51 seconds
3rd Place: South Pacific Petroleum Corporation/Team 76 - with a time of 5.54 seconds

2016 Team Spirit Award Winner
The Westin Resort Guam

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 715 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 86,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

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