UPS adds over 200 flights to the Airbridge Coronavirus Relief Efforts Program
UPS India helped Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories ship vital compounds to the United States for essential medicines.
UPS launched more than 200 company-owned and chartered air freighter flights to support FEMA’s Airbridge Program and other health-related missions in April. Project Airbridge is a public-private initiative to carry critical and life-saving equipment to where it is needed more quickly. Such additional flights help to meet the growing demand for shipment of test kits, personal protective equipment and other supplies required for the global response effort.
“With our size and versatile global network, we are in a unique position to manage Coronavirus response shipments to FEMA and healthcare customers,” said David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO. “In these unpredictable times, our customers rely more than ever on us. Our workers are keeping America going and meeting the urgent needs of the pandemic. We will continue to support and do our part to lead the battle against COVID-19.”
The vast majority of additional flights come from Asia to the United States and Europe. UPS provides personal safety devices, ventilators, emergency room screening devices, Coronavirus test kits and other items. The organization is also proud to have the capacity to transport advanced goods such as temperature-sensitive compounds. A recent flight to Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., a major Indian pharmaceutical firm, originated in Hyderabad, India, carrying 30 tons of temperature-sensitive compounds to be transported urgently to the United States. In order to preserve product quality, the entire shipment had to be maintained at + 15 ° C-+25 ° C. The commodity was transported to UPS through the Cologne, Germany air center, then to UPS Worldport in Kentucky, before reaching its final destination on schedule and as planned.