Airbus Corporate Foundation coordinates third humanitarian flight to the Philippines to support relief operations for Haiyan victims
Blagnac, 28 November 2013
After Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, struck the Philippines beginning of November, the country is still in great need, with thousands of people remaining homeless and without food or water.
After a relief flight from Toulouse with an Airbus A340 test aircraft, and a second one from Hamburg with Philippine Airlines’ newest A321 last week, the Airbus Corporate Foundation has just coordinated a third relief flight which landed today in Cebu, Philippines.
This mission was organised with flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), using the delivery flight of their brand new A330, loaded with 19 tonnes of water sanitation equipment and food from Action Contre la Faim, a long term partner of the Airbus Corporate Foundation.
The plane left Toulouse yesterday at 6 pm local time and landed in Cebu today at 7:40 pm locally.
”The Philippines have been struck by a terrible disaster and it is natural for the Airbus Corporate Foundation to provide rapid aid to the people in need, by facilitating the shipping of humanitarian goods and equipment. We therefore regularly partner with our customers, to use delivery flights of their new aircraft for this purpose”, says Andrea Debanne, Executive Director of the Airbus Corporate Foundation.
Jean-Baptiste Lamarche, Logistics Director for Action Contre la Faim, stated: “Airbus Foundation and Philippines Airlines have helped us to provide essential relief items to those who need it most. Thanks to the professionalism and the efficiency of their teams, ACF was able to intervene within only a few hours after the Philippines were hit by the typhoon. The highly motivated and dedicated Airbus teams, with the precious support of Philippines Airlines, have made it possible to provide assistance to millions of people who were affected by the catastrophe.”
The Airbus Corporate Foundation has completed 36 relief or goodwill flights to destinations around the globe to date and has built up a global network of airlines and relief organisations to support international humanitarian causes.
About Action against Hunger:
Action Against Hunger specialises in emergency situations of war, conflict, and natural disaster. Their program areas include nutrition and health, water and sanitation, and food security and they serve more than 6 million people in over 40 countries. The Airbus Corporate Foundation and Action Against Hunger have been working together since 2009 and have coordinated many missions, including to Haiti in 2010.
More information under: www.actioncontrelafaim.org/en/
About the Airbus Corporate Foundation
The Airbus Corporate Foundation was created in December 2008 to facilitate charitable activities worldwide within an international network of employees and partners. The organisation focuses its support on three themes: humanitarian and community support, youth development and the environment.
In recent years, the Airbus Corporate Foundation has built up a global network of airlines and relief organisations to support international humanitarian missions. Delivery flights of new to be delivered aircraft have been used on numerous occasions to transport goods to destinations in need all over the world.
More information on www.airbuscorporatefoundation.com.