United Airlines becomes key partner for gay pilots association

The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) has announced that it has entered into a new partnership deal with United Airlines.

Although the NGPA receives sponsorship from a number of corporate partners, this new deal make United the organization’s sole, top-tier ‘Diamond Level’ partner.

The NGPA is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1990 for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pilots and other aviation enthusiasts around the world. Many of its members work within the commercial aviation sector.

It arranges regular networking events for members, with the next major one being its 2016 Winter Warm-Up in Palm Springs in January – which will be sponsored by United.

It also operates an Educational Fund that provide scholarships for aspiring aviators.

‘The National Gay Pilots Association closely reflects United’s working together culture – based on dignity, inclusion and respect,’ said Greg Jones, the airline’s managing director of Diversity and Inclusion in a statement.

‘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.’

United Airlines, which is headquartered in Chicago, scored a perfect score of 100 on the most recent HRC Corporate Equality Index, released earlier this month. It was the fifth year in a row that the organization achieved the top ranking.

It was one of eight airlines to be ranked on the Index. The other were Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Delta, SkyWest and Virgin America.

‘We are grateful for all of our sponsors for making our 25th year the most successful in supporting the LGBT aviation community,’ said NGPA Executive Director David Pettet.

‘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.’

This has been reposted from Gay Star News.