United Airlines has announced a new partnership deal with the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA). NPGA was formed to assist and support LGBT airplane pilots around the world, many of whom work in commercial aviation. Through this partnership, United will create a scholarship for an LGBT aviator and will provide jobs for many NGPA members.
United’s managing director of diversity and inclusion released a statement saying: “The National Gay Pilots Association closely reflects United’s working together culture – based on dignity, inclusion and respect. Supporting the NGPA and the dedicated pilots throughout its ranks is another way we can honor the diversity of our customers, employees and the communities we serve.”
The NPGA’s next event, scheduled in January in Palm Springs, will also be sponsored by United Airlines. This partnership deal makes United Airlines the NPGA’s highest level (diamond tier) partner, the only company to achieve such a high standing.
For the fifth year in a row, United Airlines also scored a perfect 100 in the newly released Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Index.
NPGA Director David Pettet says: “We are grateful for all of our sponsors for making our 25th year the most successful in supporting the LGBT aviation community. We are equally excited for our new relationship with United Airlines. Their generous contributions will help elevate our programs and provide even more opportunities to aspiring pilots.”
Bravo, United! Now, let’s all fly somewhere…