Exclusive Charter Service Jets (ECS Jets) has partnered with Friends of Puerto Rico to deliver more than 250,000 pounds of supplies to Puerto Rico earlier this month.
A chartered Boeing 747 landed at Aguadilla airport in the western part of Puerto Rico, the region hit hardest by Hurricane Maria, on 20 October. On board were industrial generators that will be used to power hospitals and schools, along with food, water and medicine.
Departing from its West Palm Beach base, ECS Jets will transport another 265,000 pounds of supplies on two MD-11 jets on Tuesday 2 November, including supplies for the Regazo de Paz orphanage. Working with Friends of Puerto Rico, ECS Jets plans to deliver three million more pounds of aid over the next 90 days.
Jason Johnson, founder and CEO of ECS Jets, said: “Americans have been very generous in donating items for Puerto Rico, but those donations aren’t getting to the people who need them, so we wanted to help solve that problem by leveraging our expertise in private jets, cargo and logistics to get those items there quickly. On our 20 October trip, we got more than 250,000 pounds of supplies there in one day (the biggest concentration of industrial generators delivered yet) and worked with Puerto Ricans on the ground to get the supplies to the people and organisations who need them.
“To help get these much-needed donations and supplies transported to Puerto Rico, we encourage Americans to donate via our Puerto Rico Jet Relief GoFundMe campaign or directly to Friends of Puerto Rico. And, for those charities and organisations that need help getting donated supplies to Puerto Rico, we are glad to help deliver these donations and encourage you to get in touch with us.”
Angelique Sina, executive director of Friends of Puerto Rico, added: “The board of directors of Friends of Puerto Rico is happy to have partnered with ECS Jets with its extensive disaster relief experience and its exceptional service, helping to make these essential delivery missions successful.”