Toulouse, 8 March 2019 – The Airbus Foundation and Air Senegal have organized their first goodwill flight to transport medical equipment, toys, clothes for kids and adults as well as books on board the airline’s newest A330neo.
The aircraft took off from Toulouse airport carrying 13 tonnes of goods donated by Aviation Sans Frontières, L'Institut Universitaire du Cancer-Toulouse Oncopole and La Chaîne de l'Espoir, to Air Senegal’s home base at Blaise-Diagne International Airport in Dakar. The items will be distributed to the Centre Hospitalier de Saint-Louis du Sénégal and to the Foundation Servir Senegal, which is led by the First Lady of Senegal, Mrs Marème Faye Sall.
Servir Senegal will use the donation for medical, housing and dietary assistance for the elderly deemed to be in vulnerable conditions. The books will be donated to children to advance their education.
“We are honoured to be working with the Airbus Foundation and its partners to perform this goodwill flight,” said Philippe Bohn, Chief Executive Officer Air Senegal. “The acceptance of our latest A330neo is made more meaningful as we transport humanitarian goods to those in need. This mission is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the power of cooperation in aviation to bring relief to people in the region.”
“I am proud that a brand new Airbus aircraft is being delivered with humanitarian goods on board,” said Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft and member of the Airbus Foundation’s Board of Directors. “I welcome Air Senegal to our network of Foundation partners and thank all involved for their logistics support and tireless efforts to make this mission a reality.”
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About the Airbus Foundation
The Airbus Foundation, chaired by Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, 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, aeronautics 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 May 2008, the Airbus Foundation has facilitated more than 60 relief or goodwill flights to numerous destinations around the globe. More information can be found at http://company.airbus.com/company/Foundation.html
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