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Star Marianas Air on standby 24/7

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TWO Star Marianas planes are on standby 24/7 to transport any persons under investigation or PUI for Covid-19 as the need arises, Star Marianas Air president Shaun Christian said.

Star Marianas Air says it has configured two of its aircraft to transport any persons under investigation for Covid-19 as the need arises.

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“We configured two aircraft specifically for this need,” he added.

In an operational update issued Tuesday, SMA stated that from April 1 to 21, it transported over 95,000 pounds of cargo between the islands of the Marianas.

The cargo included Personal Protective Equipment or PPEs and other equipment for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the governor’s Covid-19Task Force as well as laboratory specimens and food items destined for stores on Tinian and Rota, Christian said.

“We have also transported over 40 patients requiring non-Covid-19 medical treatments including several needing urgent attention,” he added.

Moreover, Christian said multiple flights have been operated for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We were particularly honored to have Brig. Gen. Tracy Smith as one of our passengers,” Christian said, referring to the commander of the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), who visited Saipan on Saturday with her team of medical planners.

Christian said Star Marianas continues to monitor the public health situation in the Marianas and “looks forward to a time when conditions are suitable and safe to resume regular passenger flights.”

SMA, he added, “is grateful for the opportunity to play a small role in supporting all the efforts being made by the CNMI government and federal partners in protecting our communities and our homes.”

“We remain committed to providing reliable air transportation and hope everyone is staying safe,” Christian said. “We will continue to provide updates on our operation and are hopeful that in the not so distant future we will be able to resume connecting friends, families, and visitors between the islands. Stay Safe Marianas!”

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