In May and June, leading aircraft charter broker, Air Charter Service, arranged charters transporting more than 500 tonnes of relief goods to Guam in the wake of Typhoon Mawar, which hit the country and the surrounding region in late May.
Ben Dinsdale, Director for Government & Humanitarian Services, commented: “Mawar was the worst storm that Guam had experienced in more than 20 years and tragically resulted in lost lives – winds reached 160 miles per hour and half a metre of rain fell in three hours.
“Following the significant damage suffered from the powerful storm we were asked to transport humanitarian cargo including generators, water tanks, tractors and trucks. Our New York and Houston cargo teams arranged eight charters on aircraft including an MD11, B747s and AN-124s, with most of the flights having to make a fuel stop in Hawaii, due to the large payloads and the 6,000 mile distance between the West Coast and Guam.
“In the weeks following the disaster, we arranged charters carrying a total of 500 tonnes to the region. One of our Miami team flew with the first Antonov AN-124 to ensure everything ran smoothly at both ends.”