AIN Rides Along on Honeywell Relief Flight to Haiti
A Honeywell Gulfstream G450 packed with medical supplies, aid workers and AIN editor Stephen Pope touched down at Port-au-Prince Airport yesterday afternoon as part of the ongoing humanitarian relief effort by business jets bringing desperately needed help to earthquake survivors in Haiti. The flight departed Morristown (N.J.) Municipal Airport early yesterday morning carrying 12,000 vials of antibiotics and relief workers from Operation USA, a California-based aid organization. The group landed in Richmond, Va., to take on as much fuel as possible before heading on to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Honeywell’s government affairs department then arranged for a slot reservation allowing the G450 to land at Port-au-Prince Airport and park on the UN ramp, where the supplies were offloaded onto UN trucks. The three passengers who stayed behind in Haiti included Dr. Maxo Luma, a native Haitian now living in Vancouver whose sister and another relative were killed in the quake; Stefanie Dee Nieber, an Operation USA nurse from Los Angeles; and Steve Texas, a native Haitian living in Boston. The flight was crewed by Honeywell pilots Dave Armstrong and Marc Lajeunesse and flight attendant Nan Kramer. Kelly Reed, Honeywell director of corporate citizenship, who also went on the flight, said the company is already planning its next aid trip to Haiti and plans to lend assistance for rebuilding.