As a baby shortage formula in the USA continues, President Joe Biden has enlisted the aid of United Airlines in helping to bridge that supply gap in a mission known as “Operation Fly Formula.”
United Airlines Will Transport Baby Formula For U.S. Government As Part Of “Operation Fly Formula”
United Airlines has agreed to deliver Kendamil infant formula, a British company, from London to the United States at no charge. Approximately 3.7 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents of Kendamil infant formula will be placed on US-bound United flights from London Heathrow and delivered to multiple airports. This will take place over a 2-3 week period beginning on June 9, 2022.
President Biden lauded United Airlines during a press conference on the matter, stating:
“I want to thank United Airlines for partnering with us to get this done. They’re doing it on their own.”
The initial shipments will go to Target stores and be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act, which authorizes the president to require businesses to accept and prioritize contracts for materials deemed necessary for national defense, regardless of a loss incurred on business.
United, now a Biden Administration favorite over its voluntary vaccine mandate and emphasis on environmental stewardship, is the first airline to donate Operation Fly Formula flights. We will see if other airlines now follow United’s lead.
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