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Humanitarian Airline Operations


Human suffering demands rapid effective disaster response! Wings World Wide – The Air Medical Foundation is dedicated and organized to fulfill that demand. Wing’s has a proven, cost effective, integrated approach to better deliver the vast disaster resources of United States and nations throughout the world. Wings can support a wide spectrum of disaster scenarios: immediate first response, coordinated follow on missions and scheduled type- specific relief operations.


The Current Humanitarian Relief Transportation Situation


NGO organizations have a broad spectrum of humanitarian resources; personnel, supplies, equipment and expertise. Their importance to humanity is how quickly and effectively they can apply those resources. A historical perspective well documents delays in delivery. Every hour, day, days, sometimes even a week or more,  is  delayed  service and increased costs. Many hundreds of lives  are lost and thousands of lives compromised forever due to the lack of the most important resource –


Rapid Effective Transportation!


History has shown that international disaster response (short or long range) has neither been timely, cost effective or cohesive. Emergent  first response missions have taken several days, even up to a week or more to deliver humanitarian resources. Due to the urgency of disaster response and the current trend to use standard configured commercial transportation, layers of compromising decisions have been implemented which have resulted in reduced response effectiveness. Humanitarian supplies and equipment are generally transported by cargo carriers and the NGO staff and volunteers o, usually are conveyed via commercial passenger carriers. Commercial cargo operations use different routing and hubs than passenger carriers. Transiting various countries enroute means numerous and varied regulatory requirements, further reducing timeliness and effectiveness. Due to the distances between the point of origin and the disaster site relief airport, probable cargo consolidations, with varying types of aircraft, create capacity issues and additional delays. Relief personnel are generally assembled adhoc due to short notice. Assigned personnel/ volunteers may not be able to travel as a group due to available seating. Thus, different  flights, routes and flight scheduling may result is decreased mental and physical effectiveness of responders upon arrival at the disaster site. Currently, the vastly divergent schedules between passenger and cargo carriers have delayed operational readiness from three to five days or more.


The Wings’ Solution


The creation of a worldwide “Humanitarian Airline” gives the NGO community dedicated transportation resources. Wing’s has developed uniquely integrated delivery platforms/aircraft (B747 aircraft) where personnel, supplies and equipment can deploy together, arrive together and stay together to more effectively reduce suffering and increase the probability of saving lives. As an airline, Wing’s manages its own aircraft, departures, international routing and flight schedules. Not only can deployments be timelier, but one aircraft can effectively replace two, substantially reducing costs! Wings’ rapid mobilization capabilities allow NGO resources to arrive at a disaster site within hours instead of days or even weeks. Further, these NGOs can continue to work in the affected area long after the world population has moved on with concern for the next disaster. The recovery needs in Haiti still exist. The recovery needs in Japan still exist. The recovery needs in the Philippines will continue to exist  for years, even after the next disaster draws our attention to that immediate need.


Wings’ Humanitarian Fleet


Wing’s unique airlift capability and capacity is supported by a fleet of these Boeing 747 aircraft.  The B747 has decades of proven service as the world's most versatile aviation transportation platform with numerous combinations of passenger and cargo configurations. Wings has further enhanced the versatility of the B747 for humanitarian operations by choosing two complementary models of the Boeing 747 family, the B747C ( Combi) and B747F (Freighter ) to support humanitarian missions. Wing’s has further enhanced the versatility of these aircraft by reconfiguring them to B747WC (Wings Combi) and B747WF (Wings Freighter) aircraft, uniquely configured for disaster relief and humanitarian response. This reconfiguration has the following operational compatibility:


• Integrated Passenger/Cargo Operations


                         Upper deck of the B747WF certified for combined passenger/cargo operations permitting NGO staff and volunteers to accompany cargo.

                    34 PAX Seats


• Integral Passenger Loading (Air Stair)


                      Simultaneous cargo and passenger operations without ground support equipment


• Integral Lower Lobe Cargo Loading


                      Simultaneous cargo and passenger operations without ground support equipment


• Integral Main deck self-contained cargo loader for the B-747WF


• Equivalent Airspeed, Range and Operational Loads and Maintenance


• Integral Extended Ground Operations


Extended onboard passenger resources of food, water and hygiene to support 36 hours of ground time until cargo and passenger transportation can be arranged to NGO base of operations.






























































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