Air Partner's Emergency Planning Division Gives Global Businesses an Exit Strategy

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Leading air charter company offers advice to companies with an international presence.

When dangerous circumstances take a turn for the worse, the last place employees want to be is left waiting for the next available seat.

Since the start of 2011, the world has witnessed the chaos brought about by events ranging from political upheaval in the Middle East and the Ivory Coast to the absolute devastation caused by natural disasters in New Zealand and Japan. With these occurrences as an indication of what global corporations should be prepared for in the future, multi-national companies need to be thinking about insurance policies that will ensure the safe evacuation of employees in high risk areas when disaster strikes.

When panic ensues following a global event and there is a rush to leave the countries in crisis, most commercial airlines are not able to accommodate demand. Air charter is then relied upon to deliver personnel to safety. However, recently most air charter companies have not been prepared to handle the challenges involved in evacuating large numbers of people out of areas affected by disaster.

Through these recent crises, Air Partner emerged as a leader for the air charter industry. The company’s unique Emergency Planning Division (EPD) was able to secure appropriate aircraft, obtain traffic control and diplomatic clearances in constricting time circumstances. Evacuating over 12,000 people and delivering over 600 tons of aid on 84 flights in less than three months, Air Partner looks at the latest emergencies as learning experiences for corporations who are expanding abroad.

“With continued unrest in regions such as the Middle East, Air Partner is calling attention to these recent events in order to instruct global corporations on reevaluating the arrangements they have in place for their employees abroad,” says Phil Mathews, president of Air Partner. “These companies have a duty of care that is not always covered through basic policies.”

“In addition,” Mathews continues, “recognizing the difficulties many charter companies had in overcoming the challenges posed by these high-risk areas, businesses need to certify that their contracts can and will be executed.”

Air Partner’s EPD program is unique in that it is optimally positioned on a global scale, being the only company that can offer comprehensive exit insurance without having to outsource. Through the recent crises, the company has had a 100% success rate in handling every request that they have been faced with, including those by other charter companies who were not able to meet demand.

“When dangerous circumstances take a turn for the worse, the last place employees want to be is left waiting for the next available seat.”

About Air Partner
Air Partner has earned global recognition as a leading aircraft charter broker and organizes ad hoc charters of aircraft of every size for any reason. Its core divisions comprise Private Jets, Commercial Jets and Freight. The Commercial Jets division charters airliners with 20 to 500 seats to move groups of every size. Air Partner Private Jets offers on-demand charter and the company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme. The Freight team charters aircraft of every size to fly any cargo anywhere, at any time. With its headquarters in the UK, Air Partner has offices spanning Europe, North America, the Far East and Middle East and operates a 24/7 year-round Flight Support Centre from its London Gatwick base. The Group was formed in 1961, is fully listed on the London Stock Exchange and is debt free. Air Partner is the only company in the aviation industry to hold a Royal Warrant (as Supplier of Aircraft Charter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II), a globally recognized mark of excellence.


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Erin O'Neil