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Airbus Corporate Foundation coordinates Humanitarian Relief Aid to the Philippines

November 19, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

November 8, the Philippines has been struck by one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded.

The storm ‘Haiyan” has torn through the central islands of Samar, Leyte and other provinces in the Visayas region of the Philippines, decimating entire towns, leaving behind a mass of mud and debris, thousands of dead bodies and thousands of survivors without food, water and shelter.

The Airbus Corporate Foundation is currently coordinating several humanitarian relief aid missions.

An Airbus A340-300 test flight aircraft left Lyon, France at 7:45 this morning, for Cebu, Philippines with 28 logistics and emergency rescue specialists on board plus nearly 30 tonnes of water purification equipment and energy biscuits, destined for the victims of the Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines. This relief mission has been jointly organised with Action Contre la Faim (ACF). The aircraft is scheduled to arrive on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. locally.

In addition a delivery-flight of an all new A321 to Philippine Airlines is being used to send a medical team of 10 doctors and nurses as well as 11 tonnes of medical equipment and food to Tacloban via Manila, Philippines. This help has been facilitated together with the Foundation partners Philippine Airlines, Humedica e.V. and Kühne & Nagel. The flight will leave the Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany, this Friday evening and is expected to arrive at Manila is Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Saturday 8:30 p.m. local time. The medical personnel and goods will then be transported by an onward flight to Tacloban.

”The Philippines have been struck by a true human disaster and it is natural that we look at all possibilities about how we can contribute in facilitating relief in this tragic situation quickly and efficiently”, says Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO and Chairman of the Airbus Foundation. ”It fills me with gratitude and pride to see our teams being engaged so strongly with our Foundation Partners to work towards this common objective, and I wish to thank everybody involved.”

Jean-Baptiste Lamarche, Logistics Director ACF, stated: “This partnership is very valuable to ACF. As one of our privileged logistics partners, Airbus helps us to intervene rapidly and efficiently during emergency situations, like after the natural disasters in Haiti in 2010, and recently in the Philippines. This logistical support allows us fulfill our mission, which consists in saving lives and helping the most vulnerable.”

„We are very grateful for this opportunity to quickly bring further aid to Tacloban“; said Wolfgang Gross, Managing Director of Humedica e.V. “By now we have twelve medical specialists in Tacloban who are working non-stop and urgently need further support and medical goods.”

The Airbus Corporate Foundation has completed 34 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.

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