Airbus has donated RMB five million in cash to help the refugees affected by the severe earthquake, which occurred in south western China last week. The donation was made through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China at a meeting in Beijing between Airbus CEO Tom Enders and officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China on 20th May.
"On behalf of Airbus and all our employees, I would like to express our sincere condolences and our deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones or their homes and possessions. Our thoughts are with the Chinese people", said Tom Enders. "We will continue to work together with the Chinese government to do our best to support those in need", he added.
The donation includes RMB 120,000 of personal contributions by Airbus employees. "The cash donation of RMB five million is an immediate step and is designed to assist the emergency rescue efforts underway in the affected areas", said Tom Enders.
In addition, Airbus China and its partner China Aviation Supplies Holding Company will jointly donate 10 emergency mobile stretcher units for transport aircraft to Chinese life saving teams in Sichuan. The stretchers are very useful and efficient in transporting traumatized victims by air to other hospitals. The total value of the stretchers is US$ 300,000 (about RMB 2,100,000).
"In the medium term, once the rescue efforts are over and we enter the rebuilding phase, we will also be looking for a rebuilding project to support over time", said Tom Enders.
"At Airbus China, many of us have seen TV pictures of distressed children, which moved us greatly, and I think we will try to identify a project involving children, such as the rebuilding of a school or an orphanage, as children are the future for all of us", said Laurence Barron, President of Airbus China.
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Over 8,700 Airbus aircraft have been sold to more than 290 customers worldwide and more than 5,000 of these have been delivered since the company first entered the market in the early seventies. With annual revenues of over 25 billion euros in 2007, Airbus is a global company, employing around 57,000 people of some 80 different nationalities in design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China, Japan, and in the Middle East.
Sensitive to its position as an industry leader, Airbus strives to be a truly eco-efficient enterprise. To that end Airbus is the first aeronautics company in the world to have earned the ISO 14001 environmental certification for all production sites and products for the entire life cycle. Airbus seeks to ensure that air transport continues to be an eco-efficient means of transport, delivering value while minimizing its environmental impact.
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