In 2014 the Western African Ebola virus epidemic was the most widespread outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history. It led to major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in the region, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There was a great need for medical supplies and personal protective equipment to fight the virus.

How We Helped

Hillwood Airways, then known as ATX Air Services, volunteered the use of the Boeing 737-700C BBJ to deliver medical supplies to Liberia, one of several countries battling the Ebola virus. Hillwood Airways helped deliver 15,000 pounds of protective gear and pharmaceuticals to the West African country, making a substantial impact in the treatment and ultimate outcome of the virus. The mission was made possible through a partnership with non-profit organization Airlink.

Special Arrangements

The Boeing 737-700C BBJ was specially configured to accommodate the exact amount of seating needed for the select crew and passengers, leaving the remainder of the aircraft equipped to carry the massive cargo load. One-third of the cargo was loaded at AllianceTexas with the remaining two-thirds loaded at JFK International Airport in New York. Because the aircraft is specially designed with six auxiliary fuel tanks allowing it to be flown up to 5,865 statute miles without refueling, it was able to deliver the supplies quickly and efficiently when timing was critical.