CASE STUDY 2 / Ebola Crisis Relief
During 2014’s outbreak of Ebola (which lasted through November 2015), numerous NGO’s, governments and aid agencies needed to provide relief goods to affected regions Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia with via cargo charter. The health critical aspects of Ebola made the provision of aid made the logistics particularly challenging, with many parts of the airports being closed and airport ground crew being prohibited to enter the aircraft for loading.
Our team worked closely with our clients to transport a tremendous volume of vital supplies. Chartering various types of cargo aircraft --- From AN12 to B747-400F --- the Freight team operated a total of 128 flights between the United States, Europe and Middle East and Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia, Liberia.
During the peak of the crisis, the group faced the challenge of making cargo flight arrangements every 48 hours, which included cargo of medical equipment and supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), vehicles, and construction materials. Specialized arrangements to transport refrigerated plasma using temperature-controlled envirotainers.
3,400 tons of aid was flown and delivered, which was comprised of 150 ambulances, 1400 beds, over a million personal safety suits, a whole 92 bed medical treatment facility; including ambulances, tents, generators, air conditioning units and lighting sets, blankets, tarpaulins, sleeping pads, water tanks, jerry cans, generators and tents.
Having an extensive network of relationships and working around the clock, allowed us secure flight permits for landing overseas and ensure the shipments were delivered rapidly for the client.