|Vol. 16 No. 73||
Wednesday September 20, 2017
Hurricane Relief Steps Up To The Mike
a massive humanitarian effort, quite unlike business as usual, and I am
both humbled and proud to be part of a passionate team at the airline
and our partners who are pitching in to help,” said “The Mike”
Mike Oslansky, effusive Director of U.S. Cargo Operations at United Airlines.
First There Was Harvey
The relief effort started
with getting wheels up and flights into Houston in the immediate aftermath
of Hurricane Harvey. Though IAH was soon closed to everything but humanitarian
flights, United moved more than 500,000 pounds of relief supplies into
“The area around SJU Airport was spared the worst of Irma’s destruction, making it possible to send in disaster relief shipments almost immediately. We continue to use San Juan as a hub for other islands in the regions that were hit much harder. The storms may have moved on, but the team continues to coordinate, load, and transport relief freight into areas where folks need it most.”
Massive Relief Is Continuing
“In fact, we moved
a humanitarian flight—all disaster relief supplies, no passengers
or revenue shipments—into St. Thomas (STT) this past weekend.
No Slowdown In Sight
“Of course, this
is nothing like how we usually conduct business, but the gratifying thing
is no one has walked into my office and said ‘Maybe we should slow
down all this relief activity,’” Mike declared.
A Lifer To Love
Mike Oslansky is one of those cargo “lifers” you always knew was there, but then the impossible happens. It’s then that his skillful hands get cargo where it needs to be without any excuses, and the brilliance of this 30-year industry veteran moves to center stage.
Heart Like a Wheel
Talking about the strong
emotions churning inside legions of airline employees and United Cargo
service partners right now, Mike says:
The Trucker Would Not Back Down
“One example among
many: in the immediate aftermath of Harvey, getting relief supplies from
the airport to the shelter in the Convention Center downtown was next
to impossible. Stepping up to help was one of our trucking partners, U.S.
Cargo Link, and their VP of Operations AJ Thiara.
The Most Good
“For me, the biggest
takeaway of recent weeks is that doing good is contagious.
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