A United B757 Will Take Refugees from New Orleans to San Antonio Friday Evening
United’s Second Humanitarian Trip in the Relief Effort Also Will Transport More Food, Water and Medical Personnel to New Orleans
CHICAGO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — United Airlines will send its second humanitarian flight to New Orleans for hurricane relief Friday evening, transporting food, water and medical personnel to the region and — as part of a collaborative effort under the Air Transport Association, Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security — will airlift evacuees to San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base on the return flight.
The flight is scheduled to depart Chicago O’Hare Friday evening, bound for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. It will carry to the affected region a second shipment of 25,000 pounds of food and water from America’s Second Harvest (the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States), as well as 30 paramedics and 25 medical recovery workers. A group of United employees — including ground crew — also will be on the flight.
Part of the federal initiative dubbed “Operation Air Care,” United’s return flight is scheduled to take evacuees to San Antonio, where they will be met by relief workers and provided humanitarian aid. More than 100 evacuees are expected to be carried on this flight.
On Thursday, United completed its first humanitarian flight to the region, transporting medical workers and an initial 25,000 pounds of food and water to New Orleans, and evacuating more than 100 refugees to Chicago and on to other cities.
United will continue to work with the Air Transport Association, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security to provide additional flights as needed. United also will partner with state agencies, other airlines and nonprofit partners — including the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Operation USA and America’s Second Harvest — to support the relief effort.
United also is encouraging Mileage Plus(R) members to donate miles to the airline’s nonprofit relief partners as part of its Charity Miles program. Many relief organizations send personnel and volunteers to assist in the affected region in the event of a disaster, and the donation of miles helps defray their expenses. Through the Charity Miles program, Mileage Plus(R) members can donate miles to any of these groups involved in the relief effort, or others listed on http://united.com/charitymiles .
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