Using the delivery flight of Vietnam Airlines’ second A350 XWB the Airbus Foundation and the airline carried 25 kidney dialysis machines to the Hanoi Nephrology Hospital (Bênh Viën Thân Ha Nôi). The machines were donated by the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Purpan in Toulouse, France.
“Whenever possible, we try to use delivery flights of new aircraft to our customers to ship medical or humanitarian donations to countries or cities in need, through our Foundation”, said Fabrice Brégier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus and member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are proud to facilitate the transport of these highly needed kidney dialysis equipment between the Hôpital Purpan in Toulouse and the Hanoi Nephrology Hospital.”
Dr. Pham Ngoc Minh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, said: “As the flag carrier of Vietnam, we are not only focusing on the implementation of renewing fleet and upgrading service quality to satisfy customers’ needs, but also contributing more to our community. This second Airbus A350 XWB of Vietnam Airlines has done a meaningful task of bringing better treatment opportunities for kidney patients and protecting the health of Vietnamese people. After joining our modern wide-body fleet, this aircraft will definitely fulfil the missions of carrying national and international passengers as well as contributing to the corporate social responsibility of Vietnam Airlines.”
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. In particular, the Foundation supports the global humanitarian community and inspires and prepares young people for the challenges of tomorrow. Since its launch in December 2008, the Airbus Foundation has facilitated more than 40 relief or goodwill flights to numerous destinations around the globe.
As the flag carrier of Vietnam, we are committed to the well-being of the country, its people and community. Since the early days, Vietnam Airlines has successfully initiated and supported various social, cultural, educational and sport activities, as well as given help to the less privileged, involving handicapped children and senior citizens. Vietnam Airlines has made significant donations to various funds of “The Social Assistance”, “For the Poverty”, “The Golden Heart”, “The Children Support”, and “The Agent Orange Fund”. We have been building houses of gratitude, nurturing mothers who lost all their children in the war, assisting people and provinces who suffered from natural calamities. In addition, Vietnam Airlines also cooperated with Airbus to carry medical and humanitarian equipment from Hamburg (Germany) to Vietnam (2007), successfully carried two emergency new-born children from Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi (2012) or carried flights to rescue labours in Libya (2011, 2014), and keep continuing our contributions to better community welfare.
Loading of kidney dialysis equipment offered by Hôpital Purpan in Toulouse to the Hanoi Nephrology Hospital into the second A350 XWB delivered by Airbus to Vietnam Airlines. (c) Airbud Group
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