Published on : Wednesday, May 20, 2020
On Monday, American Airlines flew a cargo-only flight with a shipment of nearly 40,000 medical gowns to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The gowns departed from Shanghai to be sent to healthcare workers in NYC, who are fighting against the coronavirus disease from the frontlines and are in need of critical supplies.
Multinational professional services network, Deloitte was the key contributor to the initiative and donated its credits for previously canceled flights towards the transportation of the medical gowns to Mount Sinai Hospital. In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the aviation industry across the globe by storm, vital medical cargo flights have been the key driving force behind cargo-only flights. Over the past few months, airlines have scaled back services to the lowest levels leading a global shortage in cargo supply lines. Therefore, carriers like American Airlines have hosted a range of cargo flights to compensate for the shortage.
American Airlines has particularly continued to serve communities across the world during the global crisis. Ever since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus and the numerous travel suspensions, the airline has organised constant rescue flights, donated meals to local communities, distributed masks to employees among other actions. On the other hand, multinational companies that require employees to fly around the world, often partner with airlines to buy advance flight tickets in bulk.
Similarly, Deloitte also holds plenty of credits in unused travel in a time when its face-to-face business has come to a halt. With no indication about the return of global business travel, the company decided to use its credits by supporting community efforts. Punit Renjen, Global CEO, Deloitte said in a press statement that the company is grateful to collaborate with American to help transport life-saving medical supplies to the hospitals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.
He said that the purpose of the company is to make an impact that matters. He mentioned that by donating unused ticket credits, the company is able to make a small but meaningful impact in the global fight against the pandemic. Doug Parker, Chairman, and CEO, American Airlines further added that everyone is fighting the deadly virus together and the airline is proud to leverage the long-standing corporate partnership with Deloitte to make a difference in New York. He said that the critical supplies provided by Deloitte will help safeguard and support workers serving the society from the frontline amid the crisis.