Following Hurricane Irma’s devastating destruction of parts of the Caribbean and Florida last month leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, was involved in an unusual ‘relief’ effort – the company was tasked with flying a new pair of arms into Miami for the Incredible Hulk.
Richard Thompson, President of ACS Americas, explains: “We had evacuated hundreds of people prior to Hurricane Irma hitting, and have arranged many relief flights with goods such as shelter kits, water bottles and ration packs for the victims left homeless by it since, but this charter was a little different.
“At Universal Orlando one of the most popular rides is The Incredible Hulk Coaster. At the entrance to the ride there is a huge statue of Hulk holding one of the rollercoaster’s cars aloft – the arms of which, Hurricane Irma managed to rip off. In order to reopen the ride as soon as possible, we were asked to charter an aircraft from Milwaukee – where the arms could be manufactured – to Orlando. We sourced a Falcon 20 aircraft to carry the two crates (one per arm) that were almost two metres long and weighed 180 kgs each.
“We often get weird and wonderful charter requests, but not usually in the wake of a disaster, such as a hurricane!”
About Air Charter Service
We are a global company with 20 worldwide offices, spanning all six major continents and we offer private jet, commercial airliner and cargo aircraft charters, as well as onboard courier solutions. We arrange more than 12,500 contracts annually and our revenue is close to half a billion dollars. We were formed in 1990 by Chairman Chris Leach and CEO Justin Bowman in a basement, and we now employ more than 400 staff worldwide.
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