Solairus Aviation has launched a program to help fund Corporate Angel Network’s (CAN) continued efforts to provide cancer patients with free flights for treatment aboard corporate aircraft. Solairus will give CAN a cash contribution equal to 1% of the first year’s management fees for each new aircraft management client it signs up in 2010. There is no limit to the contributions, according to officials with the company.
Corporate Angel Network transports between 200 and 250 cancer patients per month using empty seats on participating corporate and fractional aircraft, typically with owners and executives traveling on routine business but also on empty legs. CAN has arranged more than 30,0000 flights since its founding.
“CAN needs more lift capacity to help additional patients, but it also needs financial support. Solairus wants to help with both,” said Dan Drohan, Solairus’ CEO.
Grants and contributions enable CAN’s team of 50 volunteers and five paid staff to schedule and coordinate the medical travel needs of cancer patients, so they can travel for critical treatment that may otherwise be unavailable.
Solairus added 40 aircraft to its fleet in 2009 and the company expects equal growth for 2010, Drohan added.
“Cancer is a fact of life, one that touches us all,” stated Peter Fleiss, CAN’s executive director. “Our mission is to help cancer patients receive the best possible treatment by using empty seats on corporate jets to transport patients to treatment centers around the country. Solairus’ 2010 Challenge will help us meet our funding needs, and enable us to fly more patients for treatment.”