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Our Beginnings

Air Serv’s history of providing lifesaving access into the world’s most remote locations began in 1984 as a response to the famine in Ethiopia, when a group of dedicated aviation visionaries realized the power of aviation in expanding the reach of humanitarian relief and assistance. This disaster led to the founding mission of Air Serv International, created to provide safe and reliable air transport to humanitarian organizations operating in regions too difficult or dangerous to reach by land.

Over the past three decades, we have been active around the world. Loosely defining runways as paved or unpaved roads, dry river beds, or fields, Air Serv has safely and reliably increased the reach of humanitarian workers by providing aviation services including transportation of goods, services, and relief workers, flying medical evacuations, and repatriating displaced persons. Operating a fleet of Cessna Caravans, Air Serv flies where no one else will, reaching the most inaccessible places under the most extreme conditions. Air Serv airplanes are the bridge connecting lifesaving aid with those who need it most.

In 2019, the organization began transitioning into Air Serv Global for the purpose of continuing as well as broadening Air Serv’s mission. During three decades of service, Air Serv has been active throughout Africa and as a result, a firsthand participant in the blossoming aviation industry there. Our experience has afforded us an opportunity to recognize a need we can help meet by fostering, mentoring, and training a new generation of pilots, engineers, dispatchers, and all manner of aviation support.

Encompassing both humanitarian response-focused Air Serv International and Uganda-based maintenance and operations facility Air Serv Limited, Air Serv Global is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated not only to humanitarian support, but also to every aspect of safety surrounding aviation in the locations in which we operate. In addition to continuing to provide emergency response charters and long-term program services, Air Serv Global is committed to improving the future of aviation in Africa through education and training.

Our Aircraft Fleet

Our fleet currently consists of five Cessna Caravans. Air Serv is working to add a sixth aircraft to support current and future missions.


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Our Future…

In addition to our primary mission of providing safe transport, we have also focused on contributing to the improvement of aviation operations and flight safety as a whole in East Africa. 2015 saw the development of an Air Serv-developed database and software which will provide critical real time information to pilots, including weather conditions, runway conditions, and security threats. As demands for services increase, Air Serv has begun a transformation from an organization fueled by passion alone to one fully committed to the improvement of flight safety and service through technology, strategy and professionalization. With these improvements and continued donor support, we are positioning to be better able to move operations quickly when humanitarian response needs aviation services.

While the major portions of our resources are concentrated on mission support, we also take pride in the fact that we actively endeavor to contribute to the local economy in Entebbe, Uganda, where our operations headquarters is located. We believe that providing training and the opportunity to learn a trade such as pilot, mechanic, engineer, or logistician, gives our employees the chance to actively invest in their community and their future.

As transport needs for the humanitarian community continue to grow, we aim to increase our response capabilities. In the coming year, we aspire to expand the geographic reach of our humanitarian flight operations.


In the interest of transparency to our donors and supporters, Air Serv International’s annual tax documents are available below. Please contact us directly if you require further information.

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