Supplier diversity program

United is committed to creating an environment that is inclusive for all, with a focus on supporting businesses from historically underrepresented groups such as women and minorities. Register to join the diverse network of businesses we partner with.

Who qualifies

To qualify for our program, your business must be 51% or more owned, controlled and managed by individuals who belong to at least one of the following groups:

  • Women
  • Military and disabled veterans
  • Minorities
  • LGBTQ+ community
  • People with disabilities

How to register

We require that all businesses provide proof of certification from one of our preferred third-party agencies or their affiliates.

Documents needed

Prepare the documents on our list before submitting your application:

Basic company information

Federal tax ID number or EIN

Basic contact information

Annual sales for the past 3 years

Customer references

Diverse-owned business certification

Get certified

We recognize local, state, and federal supplier diversity initiatives, certifications, and classifications. We recommend certification through the following organizations:

Message from our CEO

“Our suppliers should be as diverse as the communities we connect. With our supplier diversity program, we’re partnering with small businesses that represent everyone who flies with us.”

– Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines

Message from our CEO

“Our suppliers should be as diverse as the communities we connect. With our supplier diversity program, we’re partnering with small businesses that represent everyone who flies with us.”

– Scott Kirby
CEO of United Airlines

Supplier stories

Learn more about some diverse businesses we highlight on our Hemispheres Magazine.

Undercover Snacks

Undercover Snacks has been a part of United Airlines snack boxes since September 2021, and are committed to offering tasty and healthy, gluten-free snacks as a free option for passengers in United Economy®.

Undercover Snacks

Undercover Snacks has been a part of United Airlines snack boxes since September 2021, and are committed to offering tasty and healthy, gluten-free snacks as a free option for passengers in United Economy®.

Civil Innovations

United Airlines has been partnering with Civil Innovations since 2021. Civil Innovations is a diverse supplier, owned by a woman, and more than half of their team members are women. They help United with important projects like the Denver Flight Training Center.

Civil Innovations

United Airlines has been partnering with Civil Innovations since 2021. Civil Innovations is a diverse supplier, owned by a woman, and more than half of their team members are women. They help United with important projects like the Denver Flight Training Center.

Software House International (SHI)

United Airlines has partnered with SHI since 1997. Together, we improve workspaces, strengthen cyber defenses, and ensure smooth technology operations. Led by Korean American, Thai Lee SHI has grown into a major global IT company.

Software House International (SHI)

United Airlines has partnered with SHI since 1997. Together, we improve workspaces, strengthen cyber defenses, and ensure smooth technology operations. Led by Korean American, Thai Lee SHI has grown into a major global IT company.

Supplier diversity program FAQ

You can expand you reach and customer base by becoming a supplier. We work with you to provide your products and services to our global customers.

  • Quality products and services
  • Reliable
  • Financially stable
  • Innovative

We encourage our business partners to also work with businesses that share in our values. This helps us to maximize opportunities to diversify our supply chain and further support the communities we serve. We ask that you report this information to us every 3 months.

You can reach the supplier diversity team by emailing supplierdiversity@united.com.

  • Janitorial and security services
  • Aircraft cabin cleaning
  • Bussing services
  • Ground handling
  • Skycap and wheelchair services
  • Snow removal and deicing services
  • Economy free food & drinks
  • Onboard snacks for purchase
  • Wineries and wine distribution companies
  • Frozen entrees
  • Both ground and air freight support for small package and large material movement
  • AC maintenance support including aircraft painting
  • Aviation component repair and overhaul support
  • Aviation materials sales support
  • Aviation part manufacturing capability including items like soft goods
  • Aircraft ground handling
  • Engine overhaul and maintenance
  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Baggage handling systems
  • Construction management and general contracting equipment and furniture
  • Project management services
  • Background checks
  • Relocation service
  • Various types of training such as general, tech and leadership talent acquisition, HR tools and services
  • Audio, visual, consumables, displays, laptop,desktop, mobile devices, and office printers
  • Displays, ground radio, kiosks, printers, scanners, and time clocks
  • Managed IT consulting and security service
  • Janitorial and security services
  • Aircraft cabin cleaning
  • Bussing services
  • Ground handling
  • Skycap and wheelchair services
  • Snow removal and deicing services
  • Economy free food & drinks
  • Onboard snacks for purchase
  • Wineries and wine distribution companies
  • Frozen entrees
  • Both ground and air freight support for small package and large material movement
  • AC maintenance support including aircraft painting
  • Aviation component repair and overhaul support
  • Aviation materials sales support
  • Aviation part manufacturing capability including items like soft goods
  • Aircraft ground handling
  • Engine overhaul and maintenance
  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Baggage handling systems
  • Construction management and general contracting equipment and furniture
  • Project management services
  • Background checks
  • Relocation service
  • Various types of training such as general, tech and leadership talent acquisition, HR tools and services
  • Audio, visual, consumables, displays, laptop,desktop, mobile devices, and office printers
  • Displays, ground radio, kiosks, printers, scanners, and time clocks
  • Managed IT consulting and security service