FEMA’S ‘Project Airbridge’ Takes Flight With 25 UPS Charter Flights, Dedicated FEMA Distribution Center

Update: 200+ flights added to support Project Airbridge, other healthcare-related missions
Effort is helping meet urgent needs

UPS announced April 17 it’s adding over 200 flights to support Project Airbridge and other healthcare-related missions. A majority of these flights will carry needed supplies to the U.S. and Europe. UPS is shipping personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, emergency room monitoring equipment, test kits and more.

“With our scale and flexible global network, we are in a unique position to handle coronavirus response shipments for FEMA and healthcare customers,” said David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO. “In these uncertain times, our customers depend on us more than ever. Our employees are keeping America moving and meeting the urgent needs created by the pandemic. We will continue to serve and do our part to lead in the fight against COVID-19.”

Efforts to support Project Airbridge began in early April with the managing and brokering of 25 charter flights.

Led by FEMA and the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, Project Airbridge is a partnership between UPS and large U.S. healthcare distributors including Cardinal Health and others, and the U.S. federal government.

Simultaneously, UPS’s Healthcare division opened a new 450,000 square-foot healthcare distribution center on April 4, with dedicated space for FEMA.

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February 2020: 39.9° $ billion
January 2020 (r): 45.5° $ billion

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September 2019: 52.5° $ billion
August 2019 (r): 55.0° $ billion

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December 2018: 59.8° $ billion
November 2018 (r): 50.3° $ billion

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October 2018: 55.5° $ billion
September 2018 (r): 54.6° $ billion

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September 2018: 54.0° $ billion
August 2018 (r): 53.3° $ billion

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August 2018: 53.2° $ billion
July 2018 (r): 50.0° $ billion

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July 2018: 50.1° $ billion
June 2018 (r): 45.7° $ billion

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