Delta to transport baby formula to U.S. for Operation Fly Formula

Delta Air Lines will transport baby formula from London to Boston and Detroit later this month as part of the Biden administration’s Operation Fly Formula.

The Atlanta-based carrier is donating the transport of 212,000 pounds of imported Kendamil formula to the United States to be distributed to retailers nationwide, according to the White House. The flights from London Heathrow Airport will be operated between June 20 and June 24, carrying the equivalent of 3.2 million 8-oz. bottles of formula.

Delta said it will transport the formula over the course of 13 flights.

The White House said importing the infant formula that meets U.S. health and safety standards can help get the product to store shelves faster amid a shortage in the U.S. The formula crisis emerged after a large formula plant in Michigan was closed in February due to safety issues.

The Delta flights come after United Airlines on Thursday carried infant formula to Virginia on the first of a series of donated flights over a three-week period for Operation Fly Formula. Other recent flights to transport formula to the U.S. have been on military aircraft and on FedEx Express.