With the struggle to obtain personal protective equipment for the frontline, essential workers in New York, private aviation aircraft have become essential in moving supplies fast. Million Air Westchester, is stepping up to help by donating 8,000 3-ply surgical respiratory masks and 1100 KN95 protective face masks to White Plains Hospital, using its aircraft to get them there quickly.
The face masks arrived Monday at Million Air’s new hangar and passenger terminal at Westchester County Airport on a Million Air flight from Houston. They were delivered personally by Woolsey to the hospital, a part of the Montefiore Health System.
“Private jets and the aviation industry as a whole are the most underrealized disaster relief tools,” said Roger Woolsey, CEO of Million Air. “The aviation community has played a crucial role in transporting desperately-needed medical supplies to communities hard-hit by the coronavirus. At Million Air, we are always in the midst of disaster relief. Helping communities in times like these is in our blood. We were happy to obtain these masks and used our resources to get them in the hands of doctors and nurses as soon as possible.”
The aircraft Million Air used to transport the masks are in the life saving business. On a daily basis, the company flies about 10 organ procurement missions, moving doctors and organs when timing is critical.
“The outpouring of support that we have received from our community has been incredible,” said Dawn French, SVP, Community Relations and Marketing at White Plains Hospital. “Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is so important for keeping our staff safe during this pandemic. For an organization like Million Air to think of us, and to go above and beyond to help protect our frontline workers, is moving. We truly are all in this together.”
Million Air operates its flagship FBO at Westchester County Airport where over the last several years it has invested more than $80 million constructing a state-of-the art passenger services terminal and hangar. Headquartered in Houston, Million Air operates an award-winning network of luxury executive FBO terminals, spanning three continents. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Million Air has been named Best Large FBO Chain for the past nine years delivering genuine care and exceptional service to aircraft owners, pilots and their distinguished guests. www.millionair.com.