BERLIN – 13 April 2021 – Two years ago, Blacklane pledged to support Miracle Flights with free chauffeured rides for sick children traveling for critical medical treatment. More than 600 rides later, Blacklane’s commitment to Miracle Flights’ mission and families endures.
“Our goal as an organization is to alleviate the burden of travel for families of sick children. We couldn’t ask for a more generous partner in this mission than Blacklane,” says Mark E. Brown, Miracle Flights CEO. “Blacklane’s continued support has allowed us to expand our service to families even after they’ve reached the ground, alleviating a significant source of travel stress. Particularly during the pandemic – when so many families have had no choice but to keep flying for medical treatment – Blacklane has brought comfort to parents concerned about safety and joy to kids during their most difficult days.”
Miracle Flights arranges free commercial flights for critically ill children and their parents or guardians. Blacklane gives Miracle Flights families peace of mind on the ground with chauffeurs providing safe rides, sanitized vehicles and compassionate service.
The company’s health and safety standards reduce the risk of infections for medically at-risk children. Blacklane chauffeurs open and close doors and thoroughly clean vehicles before and after rides. Chauffeurs provide water, hand sanitizer and masks and they disinfect all bags they touch.
Since the partnership began, Blacklane has provided 619 free rides across the U.S. These trips average more than 30 miles and retail for $130 on average. Blacklane maintained its full support during the pandemic, providing 283 rides since March 15, 2020.
The most frequent cities are Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Francisco. In addition to airport transfers, Blacklane rides have gone to and from hotels and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than helping people, except for doing it with a partner,” said Dr. Jens Wohltorf, CEO and co-founder of Blacklane. “Miracle Flights covers thousands of miles in the air for children in need of critical medical care. It’s our privilege to take care of the first and last miles of those trips and improve travel for families in need.”
About Blacklane (blacklane.com) Blacklane’s global chauffeur service brings peace of mind to travelers moving through a fast-paced world. The crew’s dedication to safety, reliability, and smart technology places Blacklane at the forefront of a new era of stress-free travel. Since 2017, the company has been carbon-neutral, combining a five-star guest experience with care for the planet. Upgrade your travels on Blacklane’s mobile apps or website.
About Miracle Flights (miracleflights.org) Miracle Flights is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization that provides free medical air transportation to children and adults via commercial airlines throughout the United States. With over three decades of service to families in need, Miracle Flights has coordinated more than 126,000 flights. For more information, to request a flight, or to make a donation, call 800-359-1711 or visit our website. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.