Manager air cargo business development for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Bryan Schreiber, said: 'This marks a major milestone for Wen-Parker, Rickenbacker and our region. Vietnam is a huge product sourcing area and growing trade partner with the US. Until last year, the US and Vietnam did not have harmonised aviation regulations in place, and Vietnam traffic had to travel via another country. As supply chains shift, these initial series of direct flights from Hanoi may start additional, direct freighter opportunities from Vietnam through Rickenbacker in the future.'
The Elmont, New York based Wen-Parker Logistics has chartered flights carrying much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for those in the healthcare industry from Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Five flights have already been carried out and they will continue through the end of June, reports AJOT.
'Wen-Parker Logistics is proud to be supporting our customers who are shipping critically-needed protective gear to the United States,' said Brady Borycki, executive vice-president, global business development at Wen-Parker Logistics. 'Our team overseas and in the USA are working hard to make this programme a success, and we are excited to be assisting the international relief effort!'
Rickenbacker and its partners in the logistics industry have been playing a vital role in responding to demands for personal protective equipment in the fight against Covid-19. Early in the pandemic, airfreight-forwarding companies rallied to the cause by utilising their connections to bring PPE into the United States.
'We are very proud to have Wen-Parker bringing these flights into LCK,' said Mr Schreiber. 'In addition to these critical PPE flights, many industry partners have found that in this time of extreme supply chain disruption, Rickenbacker is an efficient connection point to and from the US market for many different types of cargo.'