July 11, 2009, La Quinta, California — Desert Jet, the jet charter provider for the greater Palm Springs area, announced that it has joined Angel Flight West, a volunteer organization providing air transportation on private aircraft to those with medical or other compelling human needs. Through this alliance with the nonprofit charitable organization, Desert Jet provides free travel to critically-ill patients in need of medical treatment and children attending special needs camps.
Desert Jet’s first mission involved flying children and counselors home from Camp Laurel, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and families living with HIV and AIDS. “Many of these children face significant obstacles in getting to camp,” says Alan M. Dias, Executive Director of Angel Flight West. “Their families may live a long way from a commercial airport, or have limited financial resources because of medical issues. For many of these kids, it’s their one week a year where they can be amongst others facing similar challenges, and build their self-esteem.”
About Desert Jet
Desert Jet specializes in private jet charter, and also offers a wide range of transportation solutions to include aircraft management, shared ownership with locally-based aircraft, block charter and whole-aircraft ownership. Desert Jet’s pilots are some of the most experienced and well-trained pilots in the industry, with an average flight time of over 7500 hours. Two captains are assigned to every charter and Desert Jet boasts a perfect safety record. Visit the Desert Jet website at www.desertjet.com.
About Angel Flight West
Founded in 1983, Angel Flight West arranges free air transportation in response to health care by linking both volunteer private pilots and commercial airline partners with those that need travel to and from medical facilities throughout the 13 western states, including Alaska and Hawaii. AFW also transports precious cargo such as organs, blood, tissue and medical supplies. The organization arranges free air support for disaster relief efforts in times of crisis and other numerous humanitarian needs. The costs of all flights are donated; there is never a charge for an Angel Flight West mission. Visit the AFW website at www.AngelFlightWest.org.