They’re our angels with wings, our air crews ferrying exiles home and important supplies around the world.
And I’m happy to flag up American Airlines http://www.americanairlines.co.uk and their efforts during the crisis.
American Airlines will increase weekly cargo-capacity to 5.5 million pounds.
And they will transport critical goods between U.S. and Dublin, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Seoul and Shanghai to support those in need.
The new DUB-DFW cargo only service will launch 1x weekly beginning, April 13, and will be operated on Boeing 777-300 aircraft.
These flights will help transport life-saving medical supplies and materials, including personal protective equipment and pharmaceuticals.
Other essential goods on these flights will include manufacturing and automotive equipment, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, mail and electronics.
“The air cargo industry plays a critical role in pulling the world together in times of crisis, and it takes all of us to get the job done,” said Rick Elieson, President of Cargo and Vice President of International Operations.
“With the expansion of American’s cargo-only flights, we have more capacity to bring critical medical supplies and protective gear to the areas that need it most.
In March, the airline began operating its first cargo-only flights since 1984 between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Frankfurt (FRA).
They will be transporting more than 350,000 pounds of medical supplies.
There will be mail for active U.S. military, telecommunications equipment and electronics to support communities impacted around the globe.
Of course these supplies are vital to get us through this crisis.
But American Airlines will never forget its human cargo and will have us all flying around before too long.
Sweet home Chicago
Chicago http://www.visitchicago.com was, and still is, on my radar for this year.
It’s a city that we feel we all know from its Gangster Days, its architecture, music and art and it has always intrigued.
And I learned more in my travels http://www.deep-south-usa.com and my American Trilogy https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/, https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-story-of-the-blues/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/04/the-king-of-kings-jim-murtys-traveltraveltravel/.
About it as the destination of choice for those from the Deep South looking for a better life.
American Airlines and Chicago… my kinda people too.
And Qatar too
I am indebted too to the doyen of Irish travel, Eoghan Corry and Travel Extra http://www.travelextra.ie for flagging up Qatar Airways’http://www.qatarairways.com efforts too.
As their second cargo aircraft carrying vital medical equipment from China landed at Shannon Airport.
It is the second consignment to arrive in Shannon.
Swede dreams everyone
We’re all hearing about how ‘normal life’ is well, very nearly normal in Sweden.
And a shout-out here to SAS http://www.flysas.com who have only been training at Sophiahemmet Hospital in Stockholm.
The canal city is very much on my to-do list http://www.visitstockholm.com.
They will be learning from the medical stafff on how to take care of patients.
The training is part of a larger initiative where SAS employees get the chance to contribute to society and to temporarily work where they are needed most.
Now not to put too fine a point on this but they do look like angels… and I am more than a little jealous of the younger beardie gent second on the left.
MEET YOU IN THE SKIES