Delta Air Lines: Cargo to ship millions of baby formula bottles to boost US supply

Delta Cargo is expected to transport more than 212,000 pounds of infant formula to the United States from June 20-24.

Delta will transport the equivalent of more than 3.2 million 8-ounce bottles of formula to the United States later this month in support of Operation Fly Formula. Delta will use the Kendamil formula from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Boston Logan Airport (BOS) and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) on flights June 20-24.

“Providing formula to those who need it most through Operation Fly Formula is a way of living a deeply rooted core value at Delta: a commitment to serving the health and well-being of our communities,” said Rob Walpole, Vice President – Delta Cargo.

During 13 flights, Delta Cargo will transport a total of 212,000 pounds of Kendamil formula. The Kendamil Organic and Classic formula, made available through Operation Fly Formula, will be distributed and available for purchase at select U.S. retailers nationwide, as well as online, the White House said in a press release.

Delta and its freight team are ready to support additional shipments in support of Operation Fly Formula. Whether transporting life-saving pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, organs for transplant, fresh flowers or seasonal produce, Delta Cargo provides world-class service, offering industry-leading shipping solutions. and moving an average of 2.2 billion ton-miles of freight* each year.

Led by President Joe Biden and the White House, the US government has launched Operation Fly Formula to expedite the importation of infant formula and begin getting more formula to stores, the White House said on May 1. June.

Under Operation Fly Formula, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services are authorized to use commercial aircraft under contract with the Department of Defense to retrieve infant formula overseas that meet US health and safety standards. To date, Operation Fly Formula has brought the equivalent of 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles of formula to the United States, the White House said.

**Tonne-miles is a standard measurement in shipping that refers to the total number of tons carried multiplied by the total number of miles flown.


Delta recently shipped its 4 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine from the United States to Colombia. As part of the critical supply chain, Delta is supporting global efforts to end the pandemic and reconnect the world.

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