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Life-saving mission to Mozambique

[ April 23, 2013   //   ]

Mozambique (courtesy of STC)Air Charter Service has chartered a B747-400 from Nairobi to Maputo to move almost 100 tons of tarpaulins and ropes to build shelters for Save The Children. Thousands of people have been left homeless by the floods earlier this year.

ACS group cargo director Justin Lancaster, said: “The terrible floods led to mass evacuations in the southern tip of Mozambique. ACS has a long and proud history in humanitarian efforts and when we received the call from Save the Children we found the best aircraft for the job as quickly as possible.

“We offered to arrange the flight permissions in advance of the charter being confirmed, as we knew they could take up to 48 hours and we didn’t want a delay once everything else had been agreed. The aircraft positioned into Nairobi less than 15 hours after Save the Children gave the go-ahead. It was early morning when the aircraft landed and trucks carrying the cargo were still arriving at the airport at the time, so we started the pallet build before everything had been delivered.”

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