NAMPA, Idaho – Through the generosity of two donors, MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship), will soon take delivery of a pair of new KODIAK airplanes. Last year an anonymous donor provided a $1.7 million grant to purchase a KODIAK, with the condition that another donor commit to a grant in the same amount. Just recently a second anonymous donor stepped forward with the funds for the second new plane.
“We are grateful for this generous gift that empowers MAF to further assist people in remote areas of the world that are largely inaccessible without MAF air service,” said John Boyd, MAF president and CEO. “We greatly appreciate our partnerships with donors who have come alongside us to increase our services to people living in hard-to-access areas of the globe.”
More than a decade ago MAF launched a multi-year initiative to replace many of its aging Cessna 206s with new KODIAKs. Designed by Quest Aircraft Co., with input from MAF and other relief organizations, the KODIAK carries a larger payload than its predecessor.
The six KODIAKs MAF received since 2009 have been deployed to Papua and Kalimantan, Indonesia, and Central Asia. MAF’s first deployment of a KODIAK for disaster relief was following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The new planes will be deployed to Papua.
Churches, individuals and foundations are encouraged to visit www.maf.org/waystogive for information about how they can contribute toward MAF’s effort to upgrade its fleet of aircraft.