United Cargo is helping to keep American military families connected by increasing the frequency of cargo-only flights between the US and military bases in various parts of the world — including Guam, Kwajalein, and several countries in Europe.
Last week the US carrier began operating a minimum of 40 cargo-only flights weekly — using B777 and B787 aircraft to fly freight and mail to and from US hubs and key international business and military locations.
“We are going above and beyond to find creative ways to transport fresh food and produce, as well as basic essentials from the US mainland to military and their families in Guam/Micronesia,” the carrier says. On Saturday 28 March United operated an exclusive cargo-only B777-300 charter to transport nearly 45,360 kg of food essentials to Guam to support US troops.
In response to COVID-19, and in support of the US military and their families overseas, the carrier implemented a charter network, transporting military mail to Frankfurt, which is then transported all over Europe and the Middle East. Since 20 March, the carrier has flown more than 13,600 kg of military mail every day between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Frankfurt (FRA). On the return flight from Frankfurt to Chicago, it averaged 15,875 kg of mail to help families stay connected.
“Connecting products and mail to people around the world is the United Cargo mission,” says United Cargo president Jan Krems. “Keeping our military families connected with the goods they need, and keeping them connected with loved ones to feel a sense of home, is of critical importance. As a company that has long supported our military families and veterans, our teams are proud to mobilise to lend a hand.”
On average, United Cargo ships more than 453,600 tonnes of cargo every year on behalf of domestic and international customers.