Air Partner Freight - 25 Jun 2015
Air Partner played a significant role in delivering much-needed aid to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which struck on 25 April 2015.
The earthquake was the worst to have hit the country in over 80 years, and is believed to have claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people.
Air Partner worked with a number of its humanitarian and aid response clients to ensure that essential supplies - including shelter equipment, water purification kits and medicine - reached the devastated country in the most efficient and time-effective way possible. Air Partner chartered flights from both the UK and Dubai, carrying in excess of 300 tonnes of aid. The Company also chartered a flight for a UK Search & Rescue Team, of which the return leg was used to safely repatriate UK nationals.
Richard Smith, Director of Freight at Air Partner, commented: “Since the earthquake hit Nepal in late April, our Freight, Commercial Jet and Emergency Planning teams have been working around the clock to provide charter solutions to move search and rescue teams, shelter and medicines to Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We have used our extensive experience in managing passenger and cargo charters in the most challenging environments to ensure that life-saving supplies and equipment reached those in need as quickly as possible.”
Air Partner is a valued supplier to many national and international organisations and provides aviation solutions to corporates and governments worldwide, including six of the G8 group of governments, NGOs and aid agencies, as well as international and UK royalty. The Company has significant aid and crisis experience. Most recently, Air Partner Freight has transported over 2000 tonnes of medical supplies, humanitarian aid and hospital building supplies in response to the Ebola crisis. In 2013, the Group transported 600 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region and during the Arab Spring of 2011, which coincided with several natural disasters, Air Partner worked around the clock to evacuate more than 12,000 people from across the Middle East in just six weeks, while also delivering aid to Japan and New Zealand.