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Flohr’s Company Offering Flights to Help Battle Pandemic

WEC driver and VistaJet chairman Thomas Flohr providing travel for governments, medical supplies…

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FIA World Endurance Championship racer Tomas Flohr has offered for his luxury air travel company VistaJet to provide free relief flights during the coronavirus pandemic.

Flohr, who drives an AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo in the WEC GTE-Am class with Giancarlo Fisichella and Francesco Castellacci, has pledged for VistaJet to provide complimentary empty leg flights for government travel and medical transportation.

Vistajet is an exclusive business jet operator holding a fleet of Bombardier Global and Challenger planes.

Speaking to BBC News, Flohr said that the company was “inspired” to provide assistance during the COVID-19 crisis which has greatly hampered global commercial air travel.

“We have the availability of over 115 aircraft for this initiative,” he said.

“We continue to support our clients for their travel needs, but what we really have seen is that the uptake of these opportunities to help has been very inspiring for our team.

“To that extent, to help governments and medical institutions for repatriation or transporting very critical medical goods is something that we are very excited about.”

As part of its adaptation for the pandemic, VistaJet has implemented extra safety measures to ensure that its crew members are kept safe on the special flights.

The Malta-based company usually provides chartered air travel and logistics solutions to its list of private clients, which includes the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team.

“Very early on in the outbreak of coronavirus, we put in very strict safety measures to make sure that our crew and customers are safe,” he said.

“What it really allows, is because we own all of our 115 aircraft and the infrastructure, we control the entire end to end process of these flights.

“Hence, it is all under our control, and the safety measures that need to be put in place are being put in place by us.

“We know we don’t normally offer repatriation flights or the transportation of medical equipment, but ultimately, we are a logistics company and we are here to help the global community as much as we can. We are in this fight together.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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