Jeddah, Nov 15th 2013
Saudia Cargo is proud to have been one of the first operators to arrive in Cebu, the Philippines with urgently needed humanitarian aid, flying on behalf of an international aid agency and its broker Chapman Freeborn Airchartering.
Having received the call on Sunday evening to confirm the flight, Saudia Cargo’s operational personnel both in Saudi Arabia and across Asia, started working on obtaining the necessary permissions to operate the charter, which departed from Dubai World Central Airport on Tuesday evening and arrived in Cebu on Wednesday morning. The flight carried tents, kitchen equipment and hygiene kits.
“The rapid turnaround of this operation from start to finish is a real tribute to the excellence of our staff, who worked around the clock to ensure that the procedure went as smoothly as possible,” commented Steve Manser, Director-Charter Sales at Saudia Cargo. “We have fixed a total of 4 relief flights to Cebu so far and anticipate operating more flights in the coming week,” he added.
“We are pleased to have worked with Saudi Airlines Cargo on this successful charter operation which departed for the Philippines on schedule,” stated Shahe Ouzounian, Chief Operating Officer of Chapman Freeborn.
“Chapman Freeborn is currently coordinating flights for various international aid providers and we are pleased to count on Saudi Airlines Cargo’s continued support,” he continued.
Saudi Airlines Cargo operates a fleet of 15 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier Saudia, spanning a rapidly expanding global network of 225 destinations. In addition to its scheduled freighter services, the cargo airline also provides cost-effective and practical worldwide charter flight solutions from a growing fleet of dedicated charter aircraft.