Air Charter Service’s Texas office has flown 120 tonnes of relief goods to Hawaii following the destruction caused by Hurricane Lane.
The relief flights came after ACS was involved in flights following problems caused by Kilauea Volcano.
ACS Americas president, Richard Thompson says the island was still reeling from the eruption with islanders facing sinkholes, landslides, loss of electricity and mass displacement.
ACS was contacted to transport a search and rescue team to Honolulu just before the storm hit in anticipation of the destruction.
Thompson explains: “We were able to find a Gulfstream IV able to fly in the eight-strong group. We then sourced an MD-11 to fly in more than 120 tonnes of relief goods on two separate flights – one directly after the storm, on August 26th, and one a couple of days after that.”
In May ACS transported 68 tonnes of barite, a fire retardant ore to limit the damage when lava from Kilauea reached the geothermal power plant, with Thompson commenting: “And now they’ve had to deal with Hurricane Lane and its aftermath, in which the wind speed reached 160mph and more than 50 inches of rain fell over the space of four days!”