AC Flies 300 Firefighters From JNB To Assist With Alberta Wild Fire
AC7007 from JNB to EDM 29MAY carried 300 firefighters from South Africa's Working on Fire Program to assist in firefighting efforts underway in Northern Alberta. This is the largest number of wildland firefighters ever brought into Canada and is also that organization's largest-ever deployment.
"Air Canada's employees have once again risen to the challenge to make this mission possible," said Marcel Forget, Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy. "This is the 1st time Air Canada has operated into South Africa, which also required rescheduling flights to make one of our largest aircraft available in order to accommodate this request. We are extremely honoured to be able to support the firefighting underway in Northern Alberta, and on behalf of all Air Canada employees, I sincerely thank the men and women of the Working on Fire program for the invaluable contribution they will make on the ground."
"We are proud of our South African fire fighters from our Working on Fire programme and we no doubt believe that they will do us proud to provide these essential services to Canada," said Llewellyn Pillay, Managing Director, Working on Fire. "We are grateful also for this partnership between CIFFC and for the contribution of Air Canada in bringing our fire fighters safely to Canada."
Air Canada operated the flight on behalf of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre in cooperation with the Alberta Government.