Late last year, leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, chartered four Boeing B777s to move more than 400 tonnes of dog food after a computer virus meant that supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand would have run out of the popular brand.
Stephen Fernandez, Director of ACS’s Asia Pacific region, commented: “We were contacted by a freight forwarder who had received a call from a leading dog food manufacturer. Their supply chain management system had been affected by the widely publicised ransomware attack last year, meaning that they were left extremely short of their top ranges in Australasia. The company urgently needed to restock and couldn’t risk losing customers by waiting for their usual delivery methods to ship the large quantities needed to replenish the shelves, as they are produced halfway around the world, in France.
“We arranged for four aircraft in total, each with around 100 tonnes on board, to fly from Paris – the destinations were Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand. The flights ran very smoothly meaning that there was no stock disruption to the supermarket shelves.
“It’s not the first time that the stock management of food orders has led to clients chartering with us. We have flown ham, steaks, flour and burgers before now, but I think that this is the first time pet food has been needed so urgently!”
About Air Charter Service
We are a global company with 21 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 almost 15,000 contracts annually with revenue of close to 700 million 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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