Our eyes have been focused on Hurricane and Ian and the destruction it wrought on Florida, but Hurricane Fiona is hardly a distant memory and Puerto Rico continues to reel from that disaster. Over the weekend, United Airlines played an instrumental role in delivering water to San Juan, Puerto Rico providing critical humanitarian aid to the island commonwealth.
United Airlines’ Water Mission To Puerto Rico – The Most Precious Cargo Of All
More than two weeks after Fiona, more than 100,000 in Puerto Rico are still without power. The hurricane crippled the electrical grid on the island leading to a virtual total blackout for several days. The hurricane also compromised water supplies, with over 500,000 without potable water. Water filtration systems across the island were rendered inoperable post-due to electrical failures triggered by Fiona.
Over the weekend, United Airlines teamed up with Molson-Coors (the beer conglomerate) to donate and ship nearly 15,000 cans of water from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) to help support those recovering from Hurricane Fiona.
The shipment occurred on two separate flights, the first being Saturday morning on UA 2143, a Boeing 767-400ER aircraft. Overnight, the water was loaded onto the aircraft. The same thing occurred Sunday morning, also on UA2143.
In the wake of crises and natural disasters that could occur around the world, United Airlines continues to step up to do good by providing essential resources and relief to communities that are greatly affected.
United Airlines has stepped up over the last couple of years with shipments of COVID-19 vaccines during the pandemic, baby formula during the shortage earlier this year, and now water. Its actions represent, in my mind, that good corporate citizenship is good for the bottom line…by serving the communities you serve, you do good and it burnishes the corporate image.
On a personal note, my dear cousin Caleb and his family live on Puerto Rico and have been impacted by the storm. It is seriously a disaster there. Our changing world will likely result in more such storms…we need to start preparing now.
For all the wars that have been fought over oil, water remains the most precious commodity of all. Without water, the human race cannot survive. Kudos to United Airlines and all who are stepping up to provide relief to those in Puerto Rico (and Florida) in the aftermath of a pair of devastating hurricanes.
all images courtesy of United Airlines