Corporate Angel Network (CAN) has recognized NetJets with its Corporate Angel Award for going above and beyond to fulfill CAN’s mission of helping cancer patients access the best treatment centers in the country by arranging free travel on corporate aircraft.
NetJets has supported CAN since 1997 helping transport hundreds of patients to treatment. Last year it expanded its relationship by giving CAN access to its ferry flights.
The empty leg flights, which would otherwise fly empty, can be booked by the CAN team within 24–48 hours before departure significantly increasing the number of patients NetJets was able to help, the company said. So far in 2019, NetJets said it has provided private jet travel to dozens of patients seeking treatment at the country’s leading medical facilities.
Additionally, NetJets share, lease, and jet card customers can support CAN by donating their flight hours to the organization. NetJets has committed to match donations up to 50 hours annually.
Private flights make it possible for patients, especially those in locations with minimal airline access, to travel to specialized medical centers and reduce the physical and emotional stress caused by navigating large commercial airports.
CAN’s history dates to 1981 when Leonard M. Greene, founder and president of Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, Priscilla H. Blum, a licensed commercial pilot, and Jay N. Weinberg, then owner of a Mt. Vernon, NY Avis Car Rental franchise together developed the idea of asking corporations to accept cancer patients as guest passengers.
On December 22, 1981, Greene, a pilot, flew the first Corporate Angel Network flight, bringing a young patient home to Detroit in time for Christmas from his treatment in New York City.
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