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ACS PROVIDES AIR TRANSPORT OF RELIEF GOODS TO USAID FOR TYPHOON FRANK

1 June 2008

When USAID were faced with a colossal relief operation they called on ACS London who efficiently transported 31,000 kilograms of relief cargo to the Philippines in one day after Typhoon Frank hit the region on 20th June 2008.

Using an Airbus A300F the 31,000 kilograms of cargo was rapidly flown 6500 nm from Pisa, Italy to aid some of the 20 provinces of the Philippines affected by the storm. Nick Harris and the London team ensured that the 3,620 families left homeless by Typhoon Frank quickly received the emergency cargo which included plastic sheeting, jerricans and hygiene kits.

According to the Philippine National Disaster Coordinating Council Typhoon Frank destroyed, or damaged, more than 150,000 homes, flooded approximately 555,987 acres of farmland, and ruined 18.5 tons of agricultural produce.

This represents the second relief effort in as many months following ACS’ gallant efforts last month, when 37 cargo flights carrying relief goods were operated for aid agencies after a cyclone hit Burma in May.

Nick Harris Cargo Charter Analyst at ACS commented: “As with every aid agency call received the ACS London team treated the Typhoon Frank relief flight as extremely urgent. We only had one day to obtain all the permits in addition to organising offloading equipment when no conventional equipment was available. We are very proud to have been selected to assist USAID and to help so many people when they needed it most.”

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’s Department For International Development (DFID) and to assisting many other relief organisations.

Contact: Nick Harris, London based Cargo Charter Analyst and team Cargo@aircharter.co.uk

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