Sweet success as ACS flies 100 tonnes of candy to Peru

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Air Charter Service Americas president, Richard Thompson

Air Charter Service (ACS) arranged to fly 100 tonnes of sweets to restock a warehouse in Peru that suffered from fire damage and lost most of its supply.

The company’s logistics provider called ACS saying the sweets needed to be flown from Mexico as soon as possible, so a Boeing 747-400 was positioned in Mexico City to pick up the 100 tonnes of candy.

ACS Americas president, Richard Thompson says more planning had to go into loading the flight than normal because of slot restrictions for cargo flights limiting them to a six hour window.

He says: “We needed to make sure the aircraft departed on time to ensure minimal disruption to the Peruvian supply chain and we managed to complete the operation well within the client’s timetable.”

Thompson adds: “Charter flights with food are fairly commonplace, before now we’ve flown in extra turkey for Thanksgiving, flour to a tortilla factory, burgers for a well-known fast food chain and ham to Puerto Rico – because they’d run out!”