Air Charter Service’s Miami office recently filled up an empty passenger aircraft, on its way to perform an evacuation flight, with key supplies that the company had purchased to help those in need following Hurricane Dorian.
Along with several evacuation flights on both private jets and larger airliners, as well as relief goods charters that the company had arranged, ACS wanted to donate some of their own aid to the victims in the Bahamas. The company flew the cargo into the islands on an empty leg of a passenger flight with hundreds of pounds of supplies for the Bahamians.
Jordan Hinsch, private jet manager of Air Charter Service’s Miami office, said, “Myself and a colleague flew down to Great Harbour Cay on the KingAir 100. As a company, we donate a lot of money to charity, and we arrange so many flights to disaster-hit regions, but always with other people’s cargo – so we just thought that we should be more hands-on this time. Along with what we had seen the relief agencies ask for, we took advice from the National Emergency Management Agency for the Bahamas as to what was most needed in the region.”
He added, “We went to the local wholesale store here in Miami and stocked up on hundreds of dollars’ worth of goods. On the flight, we took stocks of bottled water, first aid kits, dry milk powder, rice, dog food, bars of soap, hand sanitizer, antibiotics, beans, tuna, canned fruit, toothpaste as well as baby and feminine products. When we got there we helped offload the airplane and carry the supplies into the storage room at the airport, from where they would be best distributed.”
Justin Bowman, ACS’s Group CEO, added: “The team in Miami really pulled together for this. I think the fact that it was so close to home and the hurricane almost hit them in Miami, meant they felt they wanted to help. As Jordan said, we always arrange relief charters on behalf of others, but it is nice to be able do our own bit.”
A number of companies have been jumping in to promote travel to the many places in the Bahamas untouched by Hurricane Dorian. After the storm, over 90 percent of luxury hotel rooms remained open while 60 percent of GDP is based on tourism.
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