Secretary of Defense United StatesLloyd J. Austin III ordered the delivery of commercial aircraft to six airlines to assist in the military operation to expel Americans and Afghan allies from Kabul. The order was issued by Austin on Sunday, 22, in a statement issued by the Pentagon. The crew will have 18 aircraft: four from United Airlines; Three each from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines and Omni Air; And two Hawaiian Airlines.
Capt. John Perkins, a spokesman for the Army Traffic Command, said Sunday that commercial flights would begin service on Monday or Tuesday and take refugees from the Middle East to Europe – from where they would be flown to the United States.
And according to Perkins, the requested flights are large and capable of carrying hundreds of passengers for long journeys. The official also said that some of them provided evacuation planes when they started helping with the airlines last week. But he added that the request to Austin was enough to ask more airlines to fulfill their obligations under the Navy booking scheme.
Despite being reinforced, planes with civilians will not fly in or out of Kabul. For security reasons, these flights will only carry passengers arriving at US bases in Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. According to the US government, these sites are being filled quickly due to President Joe Biden’s urgency to increase the number of flights departing from Afghanistan – the main fear is that the Taliban will retaliate.
Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, said: “As a global airline and our country’s flagship company, we accept the responsibility to respond quickly to such international challenges.”
At a press conference at the White House this Sunday, 22, Biden said the government had already rescued 28,000 Americans from Afghanistan. According to Democrats, the operation will continue and include the expulsion of Afghans. “We are going to give asylum to the Afghans who helped us,” Biden said. “So far the Taliban have not attacked Americans,” the U.S. president said in another part of the interview.
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