United keeps US troops supplied with cargo-only PAX flights

United Cargo is using its bellyhold cargo-only flights to help keep US troops and their families supplied through military base flights, including Guam, Kwajalein, and several countries in Europe.

Last week the airline began operating a minimum of 40 cargo-only flights weekly — using Boeing B777 and B787 — aircraft to fly freight and mail to and from US hubs and key international business and military locations.

On March 28 the carrier operated an exclusive cargo-only B777-300 charter to transport nearly 100,000 pounds of food essentials to Guam.

United Cargo has also implemented a charter network to transport military mail to Frankfurt, which is then shipped across Europe and the Middle East.

Since March 20, the airline said it had flown more than 30,000 pounds of military mail every day between Chicago O’Hare and Frankfurt.

On the return flight from Frankfurt to Chicago, it has carried an average of 35,000 pounds of mail.

“Connecting products and mail to people around the world is the United Cargo mission,” said 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.”

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]