Western Global adds to Puerto Rico relief effort
27 / 10 / 2017
Florida-based Western Global Airlines is continuing to operate relief flights to Puerto Rico, carrying emergency supplies aboard its widebody MD-11 freighters to the Caribbean island that has been hard-hit by Hurricane Maria.
Each flight delivers approximately 90 tonnes of relief supplies, such as food, water and equipment. Two of its relief missions were flown out of Miami to Puerto Rico’s Rafael Hernandez Airport filled with tents, water and other supplies in order to set up a ‘Tent City’ for families who were displaced by the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.
The US carrier has also been flying mail and packages for the US Postal Service from Memphis to San Juan Airport, Puerto Rico’s main air gateway.
To date, Western Global has undertaken five MD-11 freighter flights from Miami to Puerto Rico and seven MD-11 freighter trips from Memphis to Puerto Rico, delivering in excess of 900 tonnes of aid to the hurricane-ravaged island.
It said in a statement today that it will continue to provide support “as long as it is needed”.
“Due to our location in Southwest Florida, Western Global’s own operation was impacted by Hurricane Irma, but thanks to the dedication of our entire employee team, we are now fully recovered and continue in pursuit of connecting people all over the world to the goods and products that are important to them, especially urgent necessities that save lives, through responsive, reliable, and low-cost air cargo transportation,” commented Jim Neff, chief executive of Western Global Airlines.
“We have flown extensive relief missions throughout the world, including West Africa, Haiti and Madagascar, to name a few. Our fleet of MD-11 and 747-400 freighter airplanes and team of over 350 dedicated professionals are standing by 24/7 to do the impossible in order to bring a positive outcome to those we serve, and those in need,” he added.
Western Global owns and operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 747-400 and MD-11 freighters.
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