On June 17, United Airlines Flight 919 landed at Washington Dulles International Airport from London Heathrow Airport with a very special guest awaiting its arrival: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. The flight was the 10th one United Airlines has operated under Operation Fly Formula, an initiative President Biden announced in May that aims to ease the formula shortage across the U.S.
After landing, the aircraft was brought to United’s hangar, where Vice President Harris met with employees, addressed media, and thanked United for the airline’s vital role in this program.
“United Airlines doing what it has done to allow the transportation of this formula today, and in an ongoing way, has made a dramatic difference in terms of our ability to deliver—with speed and with precision—what families with infants and babies need most right now, which is to know that the food that their children need to consume will be available when they need it,” said the Vice President.
United Airlines President Brett Hart was also on hand to greet the flight and welcome the Vice President. “I am proud of the work that our team does every single day, but today, as a parent, I take extra solace in knowing that we are doing our part to help American families all across this country,” Hart said. “This is what it looks like when good leads the way.”
United was the first commercial airline to donate cargo space to deliver baby formula from abroad. Flight 919 carried 14,000 pounds of Kendamil infant formula—the equivalent of more than 200,000 eight-ounce bottles of formula. In total, United Airlines carried approximately 3.7 million eight-ounce bottle equivalents of formula throughout the month of June, to be distributed and available for purchase at retailers nationwide and online.
Kudos to United Airlines and all the employees involved in managing the formula flights that have played a critical role in a greater mission to relieve the baby formula shortage and help millions of parents and babies across the U.S.