Air Partner flies 400 tonnes of relief aid in 18 charters to Juba
Air Partner has chartered 18 flights from the US to Juba, South Sudan via Entebbe, Uganda to transport more than 400 large pallets.
August 14, 2019: The freight division of Air Partner has chartered 18 flights from the US to Juba, South Sudan via Entebbe, Uganda to transport more than 400 large pallets of non-perishable food weighing over 400 tonnes for a humanitarian organisation. Eight of the flights operated were B747s and the remaining 10 were on Ilyushin IL-76s over the three weeks.
The freight team worked around the clock to mobilise and deliver cargo to South Sudan, which hosts one of the largest number of refugees in the world.
Jack Burt, vice president of Air Partner's US cargo division said, "Air Partner is committed to providing relief in times of crisis. In order to ensure that every aspect of this project was as seamless as possible, members of our freight team were stationed on the ground at Entebbe airport to provide expert supervision.
"With the current prolonged conflict and economic instability in South Sudan, we are fortunate to be able to help deliver such an important commodity that can have a direct impact on the people of the region," added Burt.
South Sudan descended into civil war in late 2013 and the conflict has created one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world.
Meanwhile, South Sudan's president Salva Kiir Mayardit and Britain's foreign office minister for Africa Andrew Stephenson met on August 13 in Juba to discuss the progress of the September 2018 peace deal, which the National Salvation Front (NAS) has refused to sign last year.