John Williams

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New RFDS aircraft to be named in honour of esteemed local philanthropists

Date published

17 Jan 2024

The John and Vicki Williams Beechcraft King Air 360 has taken its first flight under this new call sign today, which has been bestowed in recognition of the exceptional generosity of the craft’s namesake.

Renowned for his philanthropic generosity, John Williams, in his late wife’s honour, has most recently bestowed $2,000,000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section).

The significant contribution will support the Flying Doctor in connecting Queenslanders from the furthest corners to the finest care.

As a not-for-profit, the RFDS relies heavily on the kindness of its local community to ensure it continues to provide more than 219 occasions of health care to Queenslanders every day.

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RFDS (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib said the Williams’ generosity would continue to nurture quality patient care and help quicken response times.

“The multi-million dollar gift from the Williams’ will help ensure all Queenslanders - no matter where they live, work or play - have access to world-class medical care 24/7,” Ms Staib said.

“We are honoured that John Williams, on behalf of his late wife, has provided such an incredible gift of support to our service and ultimately, to the thousands of patients that rely on our service.

“In naming this new aircraft after John and Vicki Williams, we hope that the spirit of this gift will continue to be remembered and appreciated by the people whose lives are touched by their considerable generosity."

The aircraft named in honour of the Williams is one of six Beechcraft King Air 360CHW turboprops being acquired by the RFDS, as they continue to support Queenslanders in regional, rural and remote communities.