American Airlines has made this announcement:
In a joint effort to help meet the nation’s ongoing need for medical supplies amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, American Airlines and Deloitte are working together to deliver critical supplies to a hard-hit area of the United States.
Deloitte, the largest professional services organization globally, is donating its credits for previously canceled flights to transport more than 40,000 medical gowns from Shanghai to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The shipment departed Shanghai yesterday aboard one of American’s cargo-only flights.
“We’re all fighting this virus together, and American is proud to leverage our long-standing corporate partnership with Deloitte to make a difference in New York,” said Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American. “Thanks to Deloitte’s ingenuity and generosity, these critical supplies will help safeguard and support those working on the frontline to care for others.”
“We are grateful to collaborate with American to help transport life-saving medical supplies to the hospitals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Punit Renjen, Deloitte Global CEO. “Deloitte’s purpose is to make an impact that matters. By donating our unused ticket credits, we are able to make a small but meaningful impact in the global fight against this pandemic.”
In April, American delivered 1,000 onboard amenity kits which were distributed to doctors and nurses who are staying in area hotels.
“It all started when American reached out to see if we had any shipping needs, and the ask couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Mark Kostegan, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Mount Sinai Health System. “Thanks to the generosity of Deloitte and the coordination of American Airlines, we’ll be receiving 40,000 medical gowns to support our health care heroes on the front lines in their continued fight against this pandemic.”