Air Partner delivers over 400 tonnes of aid to Iraq

Since the Iraq crisis started, Air Partner has been tasked with maintaining supplies of shelters, emergency food, water treatment and water storage units to the military aircraft which are flying missions to air drop these supplies into the region.


Air Partner delivers over 400 tonnes of aid to Iraq


Since the Iraq crisis started, Air Partner has been tasked with maintaining supplies of shelters, emergency food, water treatment and water storage units to the military aircraft which are flying missions to air drop these supplies into the region. In addition, Air Partner has arranged for the delivery of essential kit and specially adapted vehicles for use in dangerous situations to ensure aid workers can work quickly and safely on the ground.

Over the past two weeks, Air Partner has chartered nine flights; six from the UAE, one from Cyprus and two from East Midlands to Iraq using A300 and A310 aircraft. The team also chartered MD11F, Iluyshin 76 and Antonov 12 aircraft to deliver goods from the UK and Dubai into the air operations hub in Cyprus used by the Royal Air Force. Since 10 August, Air Partner has now delivered over 400 tonnes of aid to Iraq, with this figure expected to increase in the coming days with continuing requests.

Richard Smith, Air Partner’s Director for Freight, commented: “Air Partner’s teams have been working non-stop to find the fastest and most cost effective solutions to move these life-saving materials. We are used to reacting very quickly to humanitarian situations like this; conditions can change hour by hour – which means lead times are usually very short. As a result, our clients need a 24 hour capability; something that the team at Air Partner can deliver 365 days a year. Our network of global offices also means that we can scale up our response very quickly – for instance during the Arab Spring we moved 12,000 people and 300 tonnes of aid in just 6 weeks.”