CHICAGO, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today honored its top employees at a celebration luncheon at Chicago's Palmer House Hilton. The company designed the "United 100" program to recognize 100 employees nominated and selected by their co-workers for exemplary performance or achievements that support the cornerstones of the company's business plan. Being honored as a United 100 recipient is one of the company's highest honors for employee recognition. "In our Working Together service culture, it's not just what we do, but how we do it," said Jeff Smisek, United's chairman, president and CEO, during the awards ceremony. "Every day we come to work we make a choice to approach our jobs with commitment, energy and a positive attitude. I want to thank these United 100 winners who illustrate what we can achieve when we do that." United 100 winners work in locations all across United's worldwide operation, including Guam, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Germany, and all of the airline's eight domestic hubs. Each was selected and nominated by their fellow co-workers for their commitment to and focus on the company's Working Together culture. All of United's more than 85,000 employees are eligible for the program and may be nominated quarterly by their co-workers, from flight attendants and pilots to ramp agents and route planners. To show appreciation for their contributions, United awarded each winner with a $500 cash prize and two roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere the airline flies. The United 100 program is part of the company's commitment to making United the airline co-workers want to work for, customers want to fly and investors want to invest in. About UnitedUnited Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,472 flights a day to 381 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.