The Airbus Foundation and Action Against Hunger - France (ACF) have used an Airbus A330 test aircraft to transport around 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Haiti. The aircraft also carries 29 French civil security officers as well as aid workers from other NGOs – Fondation Veolia, Première Urgence, Handicap International, Humedica and Medair, as well as ACF – to Haiti. The humanitarian aid was loaded last night on the A330 in Lyon and took off this morning with destination Port-au-Prince.
The supplies will be distributed to people in need in Haiti, struck last week by Hurricane Matthew. The goods were collected by ACF and include water sanitation equipment, stocks of drinkable water, household kits and family kits for hygiene.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Executive Officer, said: “Providing help to the victims of the devastating typhoon which struck Haiti last week is one of the Airbus Foundation’s highest priorities today and it is especially important to us to help the victims regain access to clean water.”
Andrea Debbane, Executive Director of the Airbus Foundation, said: “Working with NGOs doing such vital work is at the heart of the Airbus Foundation mission. Through collaboration and partnerships we are putting our various products and services into the effort, including helicopter hours for transport and satellite imagery for damage assessment.”
In recent years, Airbus, through its Foundation, has built up a global network of airlines and relief organisations to support international humanitarian causes. Delivery flights of new, to-be-delivered aircraft have been used on numerous occasions to transport goods to populations in need all over the world. This is the 48th humanitarian flight that the Airbus Foundation has facilitated to numerous destinations all over the globe.
Thanks to the unique network of helicopter operators in the area, the Airbus Helicopters Foundation, sister to the Airbus Foundation, coordinated helicopter flights within a few hours after the hurricane hit Haiti. So far, the Airbus Helicopters Foundation has been able to support several humanitarian stakeholders in particular the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the French Foreign Affairs Crisis Centre, and work is still ongoing.
About the Airbus Foundation
The Airbus Foundation, chaired by Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group, includes Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space as founding and contributing members. It is the company’s vehicle for corporate philanthropy, using the Group’s resources, aeronautic and space products, competencies, diverse workforce and culture for driving innovation to address societal issues. The Airbus Foundation has the products and services to support the humanitarian community at every stage in a disaster and has conducted 48 relief flights, provided satellite imagery, donated a field hospital and through the Airbus Helicopter Foundation, coordinated over 100 helicopter assessment and search and rescue missions. More information can be found at: www.airbusgroup.com/foundation
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