American Airlines is working as part of a US White House initiative to deliver vaccines to Guatemala.
The airline has moved 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on a 777-200 aircraft.
In close consultation with the White House Covid-19 task force, American’s Cargo team worked with pharmaceutical partners and trucking logistics specialists to move the shipment of vaccinations from a distribution site in Kentucky to American’s cargo terminal at O’Hare. The shipments were loaded onto the 777-200 and flew on a special donated cargo-only nonstop flight to Guatemala.
The White House initiative aims to share at least 80 million US vaccine doses globally this summer.
American moved its first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines in December 2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic, American has flown more than 9,400 cargo only flights moving everything from vaccines and pharmaceuticals to perishable and agricultural goods.
“We are grateful to our team for the work they’ve done throughout the pandemic to keep the country moving and deliver critical supplies,” said American Airlines’ president Robert Isom.