At least 50% of passengers dragged off of planes to be women or minorities by 2030.
They don’t, however, appear to be ready to prioritize elite upgrades based on disadvantaged status.
United Airlines announced today that it would train 5000 new pilots by 2030, at least half of which would be women or people of color. They’re sending out the press release now, but the goal is one that will be met or not long after most people involved are gone from the airline.
This follows a statement from the Chicago-based carrier at the beginning of the week which condemned legislation which “infringes on the right to vote” without calling out any particular state, piece of legislation, or specific tactic.
— United Airlines (@united) April 5, 2021
In last November’s election United supported a ballot measure in California which would have re-introduced considering race in decisions on public employment, educational admittance, and government contracting. They also reminded employees about the company’s speech codes.
In the fall committed to choosing board members based on race and followed through in February. However when United furloughed 16,000 employees in October 2020 they didn’t use race as a factor. Perhaps future collective bargaining negotiations will fight for this flexibility.
Nor by the way did they prioritize customers for refunds based on race during the pandemic – until the Department of Transportation stepped in, they were color blind in their refusal to refund tickets for cancelled flights.