January 21 - Air Charter Service recently flew almost 16 tonnes of humanitarian cargo into the Venezuelan capital of Caracas after the heavy rains and landslides in the country.

The Spanish Government donated the aid - which included food, blankets and mattresses - to assist the people affected. 

The flight originated from Central America, the cargo having come from the Panama-based Spain Humanitarian Logistic Center.

Richard Thompson, cargo manager at ACS, said: "Our office in the USA helped to source the right aircraft for us, and there was a Boeing 727 located in Panama itself. We overcame weather and technical problems to get the aircraft into Caracas and get the essential freight to the people that needed it as quickly as was possible. After the flight landed the aid was quickly distributed to some of the 130,000 victims of the massive floods. The Venezuelans were so grateful that president Hugo Chávez (pictured below) even went on social networking site Twitter to thank the Spanish Government, saying "Gracias por tu esfuerzo", or 'Thank you for your effort'!"

Air Charter Service is heavily involved in relief efforts whenever a disaster occurs anywhere in the world and with its global network of offices, ACS staff are available 24 hours a day, and says there is always a charter expert near the affected areas allowing it to react faster than most others.