Got invite? Register here | Already member Login here
Air Partner flies across the Caribbean to support hurricane  relief effort

Air Partner flies across the Caribbean to support hurricane relief effort

Air Partner, the global aviation services group, has carried out a number of urgent freight charters across the Caribbean in recent weeks to support the relief effort in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The flights were operated on behalf of governments, NGOs, charities and commercial entities to a number of islands in the region, including Puerto Rico, Cuba and Guadeloupe.
The Air Partner Freight team was called upon to ensure that essential cargo – such as generators, four-wheel drive vehicles, bottled water and humanitarian aid - reached those affected in the most efficient and time-effective way possible. Aircraft used ranged from private jets to Antonov AN-124s, one of which was in fact among the first aircraft to land at San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico after it reopened.

Since many islands suffered communication difficulties in the immediate aftermath of the storms, Air Partner’s representatives on the ground closely coordinated cargo delivery, aircraft loading, aircraft handling and landing requests. With aircraft availability changing at very short notice, forward planning was crucial to ensuring the successful operation of these flights.
Mike Hill, Air Partner’s Director of Freight, commented: “Air Partner’s Freight team has extensive experience in arranging time-critical shipments and understand that speed is of the essence in circumstances such as these. Assessing the current state of the airport infrastructure following such hurricane damage is often an important issue, but we worked around the clock to ensure that our customers’ cargo was delivered to those in need as quickly as possible. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected.”

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 G7 group of governments, NGOs and aid agencies, as well as international and UK royalty. The Company has significant aid and crisis experience. Air Partner Freight transported over 2000 tonnes of medical supplies, humanitarian aid and hospital building supplies in response to the Ebola crisis, as well as 300 tonnes of aid to Nepal in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake. In 2013, the Group transported 600 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region. 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.

Leave a Comment

  • It was a refreshing event also from airline prospective in regards to the quality of the delegates gathered from around the globe, the industry expertise in airfreight ,and consequently the buying power such a group of smaller sized market players can bring to a carrier. The innovative approach , linked with a platform of air cargo community tools tool can deliver added value to the supply chain, and differentiate themselves from the mass .We as Air Bridge Cargo are supportive to innovation in our industry to every single customer, and we are looking forward to the positive developments of NAP together with ABC as their carrier.

    Author image
    • Georges Bewer
    • VP EMEA for Airbridge Cargo
  • We as Aerotrans ,are offering neutral freight services to the trade and our customers are airlines , IATA agents and general freight forwarders .Neutral Air Partner is the right platform for our company to explore partnering opportunities with like- minded air cargo experts around the world ,and to develop new services and innovative products for our customers, We are allready seeing the results interacting with a number of members and we look forward to a long term relationship with NAP.

    Author image
    • Michael Jaench
    • Aerotrans Germany
  • Universal Global Logistics, S.A.U., attended the NAP kick off meeting in Abu Dhabi last September. UGL is one of the leading Spanish Freight Forwarders and belongs to Noatum Logistics, the logistics division of Marmedsa Noatum Maritime, present in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco and Chile. “ We had the chance to gather another companies also specialized in airfreight industry, as well as in the different topics which this business include, such as cool chain service, AOG, dangerous goods, etc. As forwarding company we have strong presence in our market, being part of a freight purchasing pool stated in the 3rd position in Spanish IATA ranking , we find NAP network as a chance to develop every kind of air transport business among other specialist companies” says Sergio Escobar –Business and process coordinator for UGL.

    Author image
    • Sergio Escobar
    • Business and process coordinator for UGL.
  • I had the honor of attending the first NAP annual meeting held in Abu Dhabi, the organization, network and the topics addressed, fully satisfied our expectations, our group participated the event with 3 executives and we ve decided to support Neutral Air Partner in nine countries in Latin America where we have our own offices., we are looking forward to grow our air cargo business together with NAP in this new experience “ says Carlos Madama , VP of Grupo RAS - a leading freight & logistics group based in Latin America with 45 offices in 10 countries and 800 members in 5 divisions.

    Author image
    • Carlos Madama
    • VP of Grupo RAS
  • Attending the NAP global meeting in Abu Dhabi has been a great success . It has been a great pleasure to meet so many airfreight professionals whom understand the importance of being Neutral, whilst offering your service towards the forwarding industry.Within 2 months, we already have seen the benefits of our membership , and we are now able to offer more neutral freight services and consolidation solutions to our European customers “ says Ronald Sierat from N.F.S Airfreight ( Neutral Freight Service BV ) a leading and independent neutral airfreight wholesaler & consolidator based at Schiphol airport ( AMS ) main gateway for Europe.

    Author image
    • Ronald Sierat
    • N.F.S Airfreight
  • Summary banner
Close