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Washington, Aug 22 (AP) The US Defense Department Pentagon said on Sunday that it is formally seeking assistance from commercial airlines to repatriate people evacuated from Afghanistan. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has started the initial phase of the “Civil Reserve Air Fleet” program, which has called for 18 aircraft. Of these, three each have been sought from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Airline and Omni Air, two from Hawaiian Airlines and five from United Airlines. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the department

Washington, Aug 22 (AP) The US Defense Department Pentagon said on Sunday that it is formally seeking assistance from commercial airlines to repatriate people evacuated from Afghanistan. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has started the initial phase of the “Civil Reserve Air Fleet” program, which has called for 18 aircraft. Of these, three each have been sought from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Airline and Omni Air, two from Hawaiian Airlines and five from United Airlines.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said commercial flights were not expected to have a major impact if the plane was made available to the department. According to Kirby, these planes will not take off at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.

He said the planes would be used to transport passengers to other stations after leaving Kabul, allowing the US military to focus on the evacuation of people from the Afghan side.

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