Here is the top performing cargo-in-cabin
airline operation in the world that today has been engineered and delivered
to United Airlines by Jan Krems and his team.
you concerned that due to vaccine shipments, there may be space restrictions
as we approach Valentine’s Day and Easter 2021?
truly value our customers and we will always try to find solutions that
work for them. Of course, there is a strong focus on transporting the
vaccines to where they need to go, but we will work closely with all our
customers to meet their needs. We are committed to providing the same
levels of quality and service that our customers have come to expect from
United Cargo. While the number of daily flights from all airlines has
been reduced, our team is here to partner with customers to find creative
solutions for all their shipping needs.
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provide exceptional care and handling for flowers both on the ground and
in the air, with flights available seven days a week to fit your schedule.
We have refrigeration facilities in over 100 locations, and all of our
cargo compartments are temperature controlled to assure freshness throughout
flower industry folk plan on booking earlier?
warmly encourage customers to open the dialogue and share their plans
and goals in terms of flower distribution. Especially with deadlines associated
around Valentine’s Day and Easter—the sooner we have an idea
of our customer’s needs, the better we can put a plan in place and
that we can execute against the plan. With many years of experience delivering
flowers and perishables during this time, we have a certain level of expectation,
but open dialogue and advanced plan notification is always welcome.
What can regulators do to make movement easier?
is not necessarily a regulator issue to make movement easier. Once passengers
begin returning to the skies, we will have more regular flights scheduled
throughout the world.
is the action plan upcoming to handle flowers?
have incredible products and processes in place to handle a wide variety
of shipments in different seasons. We have also shipped flowers and perishables
throughout the world and have plans in place to make sure we are meeting
our customers’ expectations during different parts of the year.
This coming winter/spring holiday season presents some unique challenges,
but we are tackling these like we do every year. We may come up with creative
solutions such as using a combination of flights and trucking if needed.
We are prepared.
What has surprised you in the year of COVID in addition to your biz soaring
It’s a humbling figure, to say the least. I am so proud of my team
rising to the occasion, creating our cargo-only flight program, and being
the first airline to transport vaccine shipments into the U.S. I am also
grateful for our customers who we have partnered with throughout last
year. We couldn’t have done this without them. I wouldn’t
say that our success has surprised me—it has just demonstrated that
we have a great product, fantastic teams and amazing customers.
Air Canada just converted two aircraft into freighters. Any plans in that
We currently don’t have any plans to retrofit aircraft. United Cargo
and United’s International Network Planning teams are continuously
analyzing cargo and passenger demand trends and adjust the schedules accordingly.
We will continue to evaluate our passenger and cargo-only flight schedule
on an ongoing basis making regular schedule adjustments throughout 2021,
with a goal of optimizing our global network and fleet and best supporting