As the COVID-19 pandemic rises, United Airlines is continuing to use its resources to help those in need. The Chicago-based carrier has been flying its Boeing 787 aircraft to bring in medical supplies and personal protective equipment from China.
According to a United press release, the airline has partnered with Flexport.org, the social impact branch of a freight specialist based in San Francisco. Last week the two groups collaborated to transport two shipments of vital goods to both New York and California.
The first of these deliveries arrived in San Francisco. The Dreamliner contained 1,000 ventilators, 70,000 safety goggles, and 300,000 masks. These products were donated by Alibaba co-founder and Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, along with his wife, Clara Wu Tsai.
Following this, the equipment has moved across the country to the East Coast. Therefore, they were transferred onto a Boeing 777 to be flown to Newark Airport and eventually distributed across the New York City area. Altogether, 14 hospitals, medical centres, and nursing homes were due to receive the items.
Later on, in the week, another load came in from China to San Francisco. Products included surgical gowns, hazmat suits and several million more masks for Californian first responders. These units were unloaded at the San Francisco airport as the protective equipment had to be put into trucks and delivered to medical facilities in the Bay Area.
These flights are just one of many cargo operations that United is operating every day. Amid the loss in passenger operations, the company is shifting much of its focus to shipping essential.
“We are operating, on average, 20 cargo-only flights each day between six U.S. airports and cities in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East,” United said, as per its press release.
“In the process of doing so, we are moving thousands of pounds medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and PPE, in addition to those mentioned above, to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and treat those affected.”
The fight continues
Ultimately, while United Airlines is also going through such a tough time, it is great to see the airline doing its best to serve its country during these crucial times. Cargo operations such as these will prove to be critical in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. United with its 52; 787 Dreamliners within its fleet, United will be eager to operate them during the global flight restrictions.
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