United Cargo, in collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), moves nearly 86,180 kg of fresh produce to Guam for the US Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program.
A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United’s newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis.
The programme was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The fresh food was repacked in 4.5 kg cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI’s LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank programme in Guam.
“Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most,” says regional senior manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. “Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced.
“Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward,” he adds.
Since 19 March, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 13.6 million kg of cargo.