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United Relief After Irma

Jan Krems     “After the dread and destruction of recent days, and given all the infrastructure challenges in the area, it’s gratifying to report that United Airlines resumed flight operations into most Florida cities Tuesday,” said Jan Krems, President United Cargo.
     “We’ll resume limited cargo service in some locations on Wednesday, and we plan to lift all restrictions in U.S. locations impacted by Irma by Thursday.

Shouldering A Big Lift

     “I also feel privileged to report that, coming right on the heels of efforts that resulted in over 500,000 pounds of critical relief supplies carried in support of the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the United family stepped up again to assist those impacted by Irma. I’m proud of the key role Cargo and our partners play in this crisis support, of course, but I’m also very appreciative of the skill and energy of our United teammates in Airport Operations, Community Affairs, Network Planning, Corporate Security and countless other groups whose collaboration is needed to supply disaster victims the relief they need.
      “Along with these efforts, United PetSafe has made a donation to the Humane Society of the U.S., and we’re assisting other animal relief organizations as well, in support of animals impacted by Harvey and Irma,” Jan Krems added.

Mike Oslansky and Geoffrey ArendSafe At Home

     “With all its catastrophic effects, the one positive thing about Irma is that we had several days warning of where it was headed and how much damage it might do,” Mike Oslansky, Director of United Cargo’s U.S. Operations, declared.
     “This window of information allowed us to pre-position relief supplies on ‘extra section’ flights into locations in Irma’s path – bringing goods in on aircraft that turned right around and carried passengers out of harm’s way.
      “Then, even as Irma was making landfall in the U.S., we were sending wide body aircraft with humanitarian supplies to San Juan, which is serving as the “hub” and nerve center to provide supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands and other islands in the Caribbean. And now that we’re flying into Florida again, the team is increasing our efforts to obtain the items most needed and load them on United aircraft.”

Cargo Accelerates Miami Comeback

     As reported worldwide Hurricane Irma heavily impacted Miami International Airport (MIA) this past weekend.
     MIA is a major hub in the American Airlines system.
     “Because keeping the safety of our employees, passengers and your cargo remains our top priority, we are in the process of resuming a limited schedule, “AA writes.
     “On Monday (September 11) we flew teams from DFW and ORD to assist our team members in MIA, as getting operations at the key MIA gateway up and running to meeting the needs of our customers is now job one at AA Cargo.
     “We are working closely with our partners at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), TSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), evaluating and gauging the situation on an ongoing basis to determine when it’s safe to resume full operations.
     “Currently AA Cargo is prioritizing freight shipments in our MIA facility to move consignments out as soon as possible.
     “As example because of the high level of care we put into TLC and animal consignments, we have embargoed accepting those shipments, until we return to full operations.
     “In the meantime, we’re staying in touch with our customers with consistent updates via email and within the alerts section of www.aacargo.com.
     “Among other relief efforts, American is providing the highest level of support to the victims of Hurricane Irma through the American Red Cross.”

Coffee Watch In Miami

 Emilio Gonzalez     Major airports across Florida are assessing the damage done by Hurricane Irma this past weekend.
      FlightAware reports that more than 4,200 U.S. flights scheduled for Monday, September 11, were cancelled by mid-afternoon, and there have been more than 9,000 cancellations since Saturday.
      There is no doubt that getting back to normal will be a gradual process.
      Miami International Airport reopened for limited operations Tuesday.
Greg Chin       American Airlines, Miami’s biggest carrier, said it would resume limited operations.
      UPS and FedEx Corp. were closed out of flights into Miami, where each has a major sorting facility.
      UPS spokesman Matthew O’Connor said:
      “Even if we’re able to make deliveries, can customers receive them?”
      Miami was smacked with nearly 100 mph wind gusts and sustained significant water damage from Irma, according to Aviation Director and CEO Emilio Gonzalez.
      “The damage is in the gate areas, where water leaked in from jet bridges and the roof. The terminals with the most damage are J, H, G, F and E,” said MIA Airport spokesman Greg Chin.
      No word from the gateway’s vast air cargo operation, which has been known as MIAD since WWII.

Southwest Takeoff

Wally Devereaux      FlyingTypers spoke to Southwest Airlines Sr. Director Cargo and Charters Wally Devereaux (left).
      “Over the past several weeks, Southwest Airlines has cancelled roughly 2,500 flights related to Hurricane Harvey and 2,000 related to Irma thus far. 
      “As it stands today, our South Texas operations are back up and running normally and we are working to get our Florida operations up and running as quickly as possible. 
      “We expect most of our operations to be up and running by the end of the week.
      “We are updating www.swamedia.com, delivering to our shippers and service partners up-to-the-minute details of the latest operational impact,” Mr. Devereaux said.  

Coffee Watch

Craig Fugate      Amidst an avalanche of news reports, obtaining the news of Hurricane Irma’s impact on Miami’s recovery might be served by tracking Cuban coffee consumption, former Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate (right)told the Associated Press.
      Cuban-style espresso, or cafecito, is a staple of daily life in Miami.
      Mr. Fugate notes how quickly Cuban coffee stands reopen—and how many customers they draw—may be an indication of how the city is faring.
      “Cuban coffee stands — if those are closed, it is bad,” Fugate said.
      Fugate, who led Florida's emergency management division during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, used the Waffle House restaurant chain for the same purpose in previous storms.

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