Passenger flights around the world are in stand-by mode as the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic mobilizes. Many workers employed by commercial carriers might be experiencing a lull, but pilots and mechanics at air cargo companies like Amerijet in Miami, Fla. have never been busier delivering desperately needed supplies to their fellow essential service workers.
Members of Teamsters Local 769 who work at Amerijet as pilots have been coordinating deliveries of pharmaceuticals and other desperately needed medical supplies during the response to the coronavirus outbreak, delivering as much as 20 tons in a single flight. Local 769 President Josh Zivalich said the dedicated professionalism of the Amerijet members embody what being a Teamster is all about.
“Our members at Amerijet are the everyday heroes emerging from the tragedy of this public health crisis,” said Zivalich. “While millions of people are staying at home with their families, these workers are not just continuing to work, but putting in extra hours to save as many American lives as they possibly can. It is truly an honor to represent such an amazing group of men and women.”
Miami International Airport is the number one airport not just for perishables like medicine, but for all air cargo in the United States, with over 150 cargo flights arriving every day. Some Local 769 members who were part of a crew that coordinated a delivery of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies were Capt. Stephan Mata, First Officer Mateus Broglio and Capt. Mike Meyer.
“As a brotherhood of pilots, we are proud of our actions as first responders, by placing our own health at risk to fly home the much-needed medicines and medical supplies from Europe,” said Capt. Meyer.