UK-based aircraft charter provider Air Charter Service has been appointed by the UK Government to serve as a supplier for its Department for International Development (DFID) division over the next two years.

Air Charter Service has also been chosen as part of the cargo helicopter charter framework used primarily for far-off remote destinations.

Air Charter Service business development director Lloyd Robinson said: "We have had a close relationship with DFID for a number of years and are delighted to be part of the framework for cargo aircraft charters, along with two airlines and a freight forwarder."

Cargo helicopters are also used in regions that have been struck by natural disasters.

Air Charter Service has experience in carrying out extensive helicopter operations in calamity-struck areas after occurrences of the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and the Pakistan earthquake in 2005.

Lloyd Robinson added: "We are the primary supplier on the passenger side for the next two years, typically used for air evacuations and search and rescue team charter flights.

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"We have had a close relationship with DFID for a number of years and are delighted to be part of the framework for cargo aircraft charters."

"Again, we are experienced in these types of charters – we arranged the first aircraft into Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010, carrying in a search and rescue team.

"The following year we evacuated more than 15,000 people from Egypt, Tunisia and Libya during the Arab Spring."

The company has successfully arranged the first two charter flights as part of the cargo agreement, thereby transporting more than 180t of shelter kits and other supplies from Kenya into Ethiopia on two Boeing 777 aircraft.

Established in 1990, Air Charter Service is responsible for arranging private jets, helicopters, commercial airlines and cargo aircraft charters, as well as providing additional services, including on-board couriers, aircraft sales, and air evacuation plans.

Image: Helicopter operation of Air Charter Service during Pakistan earthquake. Photo: courtesy of Air Charter Service.