It is a totally surreal situation happen to us every time we wanna fly our first mission.
First, we had to cancel our mission in November due to four (4!) airline groundings in Europe happened in September / October 2019.
Then we had the intention to fly the next mission in March 2020, but the political situation in the middle east (Iran, Syria) has changed in January and is still ongoing. We already had our cargo aircraft!
However, the company declined to fly the assigned route, because it was too close to political unstable zones. Not enough, we also had to cover additional costs regarding war insurance and longer flight times, which was just not affordable for us. At the same time, the Corona Virus made its global landfall, which affected the airline and travel industry again.
It proofs once again the need of an independent humanitarian transportation system, which is able to act and react regardless of any political and/or economy situation.
We use the time now to get more than just the minimum of the required financial amount to fly our mission. This should allow us to make our decisions and to fly our mission independent on any political situation, because we care about people in need.
It has been quiet around us the past few weeks, but that does not mean, we lean back.
After we had to postpone our first mission because of various airlines groundings and missing availability of a suitable aircraft, the political situation in the middle east (Iran, Syria) has changed in January.
This cuts again the availability of charter airplanes because many companies do not fly in or even close to political unstable zones. Not enough, we also had to cover additional costs regarding insurance and longer flight times, which was just not affordable for us.
This fact underline once again, that a private, independent and political neutral solution is desperately needed to serve for people in need.
Therefore, we keep going and we work with all our passion to fly our first mission in 2020!
Dear Patrons, Donors, and Friends of Moonlight Air Organization
I am sorry to have to announce that we need to postpone to 2020 the mission planned for November 2019. We were in the final negotiations with an airline, but because of the current groundings and bankruptcy filings of a total of four airlines, they have decided to use the aircraft for commercial purposes instead. Since our team works on a volunteer basis, all donations are put 100% on hold and will be used to fund our first mission, as promised.
Current Aviation Situation Leads to Capacity Bottlenecks
The reason for the withdrawal of the aircraft during the final negotiations were the groundings/bankruptcy filings of a total of four airlines in September: Aigle Azur (F), Thomas Cook (UK), Adria Airways (SVN), and most recently XL (F). Add to this aviation "knock-out blow" all those Boeing 737 MAXes, which are currently not allowed to fly and are also affecting the airlines' flight planning. Countless aircraft are now on the ground, but not allowed to fly for legal, insurance-related, operational, and myriad other reasons. The European airlines are now using their existing aircraft capacity to fly back stranded passengers on behalf of governments, insurers, and tour operators. These aircraft are naturally also committed in the future, to minimize financial losses for tour operators. It usually takes 1-2 months for the aircraft market to return to normal after a grounding, but in this case, it could take longer.
Increased Demand - Horrendous Prices
All of these circumstances naturally have a knock-on effect on aircraft leasing and airline charter companies. In short, there is not a single aircraft available in Europe and the Middle East. Or else an aircraft might be available, but for operational or insurance-related reasons, the company cannot fly to that particular region; or else they don't want to; and unfortunately there are those who actually would be willing to rent out a plane at horrendous prices because of the high demand, but which we cannot afford.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of the reasons that we have to postpone the mission. But it is yet another clear indication and argument for why a non-commercial, independent, and purely private humanitarian airline like us needs to be ready at all times for humanitarian relief flights, medical missions, and in case of a disaster. We will keep you informed about the current status by the website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Thank you very much for your support and your trust.
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1 tree releases up to 20'000 gallons of water per day into the air, produces up to 260lbs (118kg) of oxygen and converts one tone of carbon dioxide per year.
Why are we planting tees in Kenya? Becuase the soil is heavily contaminated by agriculture. Therefore, trees and plants are needed to recultivate the soil. From useful trees like mango, banana to medical trees like Moringa. In addition, trees provide a habitat for many species of wildlife, shelter, food and a home.
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