American Airlines' Haiti Relief Efforts

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Medical Supplies are being loaded into a carrier to Haiti

American Airlines Cargo collaborated with Airlink to transport 55 tonnes of medical supplies to Haiti to help with a cholera outbreak. The supplies were flown from Europe to Miami, where they were staged for distribution to Haiti.

“We’re proud to partner with Airlink to make a positive impact on the world,” said Greg Schwendinger, President of American Airlines Cargo. “At American, our mission is to care for people on life’s journey, and we are honoured to play a role in transporting critical goods to the people and places they are needed most.”

Cholera is a waterborne disease that has caused thousands of cases in Haiti since October 2022. Due to civil unrest, the outbreak has made the humanitarian crisis worse and made it harder for health workers to get supplies. The airline has played a crucial role in providing PPE, water filters, nebulisers, blood tubes, and other sterile items to help combat the crisis.

The American airline first collaborated with Airlink in March 2022 to ship humanitarian aid to those affected by the Ukrainian crisis. It has delivered nearly 90 tonnes of life-saving cargo to the region since then. It assisted in the transportation of merchandise and relief personnel for 47 different non-profit organisations, thereby helping humanitarian activities in 21 different nations.

Through American's Miles for Social Good programme, the airline and its customers donated 85 million AAdvantage® miles to Airlink last year. So far, the miles have allowed 351 aid workers to travel around the world to promote social programmes.

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Source: American