Newsroom – American Airlines delivers 3 million more vaccines overseas on behalf of White House COVID-19 task force

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Airline donates second cargo flight to deliver more vaccine to Guatemala – 4.5 million doses in total

FORT WORTH, Texas – Following the White House announcement to share at least 80 million doses of U.S. vaccine globally this summer, American Airlines has transferred 4.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccine (COVID -19) in Guatemala. This afternoon, American delivered 3 million doses of vaccine on a non-stop freight-only flight between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. The shipment follows 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine that Americans transported to Guatemala earlier this month.

The American Cargo team worked closely with the White House COVID-19 task force and with pharmaceutical partners and trucking logistics specialists to move the vaccine shipment from a distribution site in Kentucky at American’s cargo terminal at ORD. The cargoes were loaded onto a Boeing 777-300 and departed for GUA.

“We share President Biden and the White House’s commitment to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” American Airlines President Robert Isom said. “From keeping the economy moving by adding cargo-only flights during the height of the pandemic, to providing essential air travel to those in need, our team has stood ready to meet any challenges. . We are proud to be part of this life-saving effort to immunize the Guatemalan people. “

American transported its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020. Since the onset of the pandemic, American has leveraged its internationally recognized temperature-controlled shipping solutions to perform more than 9,400 cargo-only flights carrying everything from vaccines and pharmaceuticals to perishable and agricultural foodstuffs. goods.

With specialized facilities and a team of certified life science experts, American manages temperature critical shipments to more than 150 cities in 46 countries, and also operates the world’s largest temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipping facility for airlines in the United States. This level of expertise has earned the American International Air Transport Association the prestigious Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from the American International Air Transport Association – the first distinction for airlines. who have the tools, procedures and people in place to ensure that science products are handled and arrive at their destination fully effective.


Pallets containing 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago O’Hare (ORD) are ready to be loaded into the hold of a Boeing 777-300 for the flight to Guatemala City (GUA).

The American Airlines team in Guatemala City (GUA) following the arrival of the Boeing 777 with doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

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