A relief flight organised in cooperation with the Airbus Corporate Foundation has delivered relief supplies for those affected by the recent flooding in Pakistan.
This mission, performed on 13 September from Germany’s Frankfurt Airport to Islamabad, used the Airbus A340-600 testbed aircraft – which was made available free of charge to the Wings of Help/Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen (LOG) relief organization.
Transported on the mercy flight were 140 cubic metres of material that included medicines, disinfectants, tents, blankets and babies’ diapers. The diapers were requested because some 100,000 babies are expected to be born in Pakistan during the next few weeks in areas impacted by the country-wide flooding.
“This flight underlines the important role of the aeronautical industry in international efforts to organize relief,” said Airbus President and CEO Thomas Enders. “In 2010 alone, the Airbus Corporate Foundation supported six flights for humanitarian missions, including some to Haiti. I wish to thank all those who make these initiatives possible, especially Wings of Help/LOG and the Airbus crews.”
After the aircraft’s arrival at Islamabad Airport, the goods were to be taken directly to the disaster areas by the international medical corps.
The Airbus Corporate Foundation was created in 2008 to facilitate the company’s worldwide charitable activities, and focuses its support on three themes: humanitarian and community support, youth development, and the environment.