A natural disaster can hit any part of the world at any time, you can’t predict where or when it will happen but in ACS’ line of work it has to be ready for when it does.
The air charter industry is an integral part of the logistics chain necessary for the execution of the worldwide relief efforts undertaken by governments, NGOs, Charities and private organisations. The mobilisation of aircraft into Burma carrying relief shipments for the cyclone victims and into China transporting specialist earthquake equipment and teams once again showed just how effective air support can be. Time is of the essence in these circumstances and the time saved by flying the aid into the worst effected areas protected lives and got medical and food aid to where it was needed quickly and effectively.
There are few companies better placed to answer an urgent call under these circumstances than Air Charter Service (ACS), the international air charter broker which monitors the movement of over 50,000 aircraft worldwide at any given time, to ensure that the best placed aircraft can be mobilised in the shortest possible time. ACS has a long and proud history in providing humanitarian aid charters to disasters around the globe.
Justin Bowman, Group Commercial Director at ACS commented “We were able to assist aid agencies from all over the world handling the relief efforts for cyclone hit Burma. We operated 37 cargo flights to the region organised by our London, Dubai and New York offices, carrying tonnes of food, tents, blankets, mosquito nets, water purification tablets, flat bottom boats with outboard engines, medical kits and jerry cans.” The worldwide ACS team mobilised a wide range of cargo aircraft to the region, these included A300s, DC8s, IL-76s and AN12s.
In addition to sourcing cargo aircraft from outside suppliers for charter requirements, ACS also has several aircraft that are on long term lease and which are under its commercial control. In addition ACS provides operational support for these aircraft from their base at East Midlands airport. Most importantly, the managed fleet can be airborne within 90 minutes of ACS receiving confirmation of a flight.
With established offices in London, New York, Dubai, Moscow and Hong Kong, ACS assists Governmental organisations, non-governmental relief organisations, their extensive work has directly lead to ACS being appointed as the nominated broker to the British Government Department For International Development (DFID) and to many other relief organisations.
Contact one of our cargo sales team to find out about all our relief capabilities