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Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, is reporting growing interest from large corporations enquiring about evacuation contingency plans for expat staff in South Korea in case the situation in the North escalates further.
Gavin Copus, Business Development Director at ACS, commented: “We have spoken to security companies that assess travel risk management and crisis avoidance and it seems that the situation is classed as an Amber Alert. This means companies are looking at contingency planning, and some non-essential staff and families of expats are already starting to move on commercial flights out of South Korea. "
“Having received requests for contingency planning options from UK, Asian and US contacts, we have put together an Evacuation Planning Guide and the idea is for us to be ready. Whilst we are confident that the situation will be resolved peacefully, planning for the worst is essential as we know how quickly circumstances can change.”
Air Charter Service was called upon recently to retrieve a Sea King helicopter that was left stranded on top of a mountain in the Arctic Circle, after a heavy landing damaged the undercarriage, meaning that it was not safe for it to fly back to its base.
Justin Lancaster, Group Cargo Director, explains: “We received a call saying that the helicopter was on a training exercise and had experienced a rough landing. The nearest road was more than 4 miles away and the only way to retrieve it was to airlift it out. The Sea King weighs around 6.5 tonnes, so we quickly decided that the best solution was a larger helicopter. We sourced the nearest Mil 26, which happened to be in Arkhangelsk in Russia, and positioned it into the nearby base. Mil 26s are the world’s largest and most powerful series-produced helicopter and are capable of lifting more than 20 tonnes.”
At the base meticulous planning went into the rescue operation. The Sea King was on a plateau at the top of a mountain and a small crew went up to the helicopter, via snowmobiles, to check whether it was safe for the Mil 26 to land next to it, or whether it would have to hover above it whilst the Sea King was strapped down.
“As can be seen from the photos, it was a tricky load, but the careful planning that we put in really paid off and resulted in a very smooth operation that only lasted one hour in total”, commented Lancaster.
New app offers instant private jet prices worldwide
Air Charter Service has launched a new multiplatform mobile phone application allowing users instant access to current private jet charter prices worldwide.
Group Executive Jets Director, Ruan Courtney, explains: “We think it will be particularly useful for people that are always on the move or for those stuck at airports because their scheduled flight has been cancelled, which will be more common during the winter months. It also gives us a platform to build other mobile customer service features in the future.
“The app allows customers to search for charter prices by inputting departure and destination airports, dates and times, as well as number of seats required. The custom built app has been in development for some time and we wanted to ensure that, unlike most other private aviation apps on the market, it functions across iPhone, BlackBerry and Android handsets so that it is available to as many of our customers as possible. The app has an added benefit for iPhone and Android users, in that the phone’s GPS will locate the airports closest to you. Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, you are able to directly call any of our 17 worldwide offices directly from the app to speak to one of our account managers.”
ACS’s ‘Private Jet Prices’ app is available free from the relevant App Store now.
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Philanthropic Air Charter Service raises more than £30,000 for charity in 2012
Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has shown its charitable side this year by raising in excess of £30,000 (€40,000 / $55,000) for charity.
ACS’s Charity Committee holds various fund-raising events throughout the year and donates to a number of charities chosen by ACS employees. Activities such as quiz nights, parties and entry into The Great River Race have all helped reach the impressive amount. Each year the company choses three charities to which to donate - this year the vote went to London Air Ambulance, Cancer Research UK and HEAL.
Over the past two years ACS’s donations alone have paid for a new I.T. classroom and a new library for the HEAL orphanage and school in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Company Secretary, Treasurer and head of the Charity Committee, Tina Leach’ said: “I was fortunate enough to visit the village of Andhra Pradesh last year to witness first hand what our fund raising was helping to build. I was so touched to see what a difference we could make.”