Jet It, a private jet fractional ownership company operating a fleet of HondaJets from its base in Greensboro, North Carolina, has entered into a new partnership with Be The Match in order to make its HondaJets available for donor flights. Since 2018, it has raised over $575,000 for various children's philanthropies and wants to expand its community outreach initiative by helping those battling blood cancers and blood disease, their families and volunteer marrow donors.
Jet It's floating fleet can provide fully private travel for the Be The Match's patients at a moment's notice. Jet It's Carolina core base location is strategically located between Charlotte and the Research Triangle, providing easy access throughout the eastern coast of the United States. Since April 2020, Be The Match and its partners have assisted with 36 donated private flight segments for cell donors and couriers.
Transplant timing is always critical, but the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges and costs for delivering cures. Patient families are navigating new financial obstacles getting to and through transplant, resulting in a 50 per cent increase in Be The Match grants given in the past year. For donor and courier trips requiring air travel, over 90 per cent of trips are being re-booked more than once, over 20 times in some cases, due to commercial flight availability.
“We depend on help from partners who can connect us with private flight solutions in emergent situations when we are unable to utilise traditional transportation options,” says Alex Zweig, general aviation flight coordinator for Be The Match. “I am excited, honoured and humbled to have Jet It as a new partner to help fill that need.”
“We are in a position now with our Jet It fleet to assist individuals that need medical transport so they can provide their donations,” adds Akir Khan, Jet It VP of strategy. “As a company focused on helping those in need, we strive to put others ahead of ourselves to close the gap, build community and ensure no one is left behind.”