Mission group to get Kodiak

 - November 2, 2007, 11:52 AM

The Alaska Air Group and members of the Bruce Kennedy Memorial Fund announced last month that the two organizations have raised more than $870,000 toward the purchase of a Quest Kodiak, to be donated to Asas de Socorro (Wings of Mercy), a Brazilian aviation organization whose members fly to remote areas of the country’s jungles to provide care to isolated communities.

Friends and supporters of the late Bruce Kennedy, the former CEO of Alaska Airlines and chairman of the board of trustees of Quest Aircraft, provided the first half of the total amount through donations to the memorial fund. Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, committed to matching the contributions up to a total of $500,000. Last month, Alaska Air presented the fund with a check for $435,001.

The Kodiak was designed to carry humanitarian supplies and missionaries to remote areas around the world. Deliveries are expected to begin byyear-end.