Ethiopian Airlines, the German NGO Humedica, Aviation without Borders and the Airbus Foundation have joined forces to transport nine tonnes of humanitarian aid from Europe to Africa.
The goods, received in Addis Ababa, are destined to provide relief to drought prone areas in the East African region.
The cargo arrived from Airbus’ Toulouse base utilising the delivery flight of Ethiopian Airlines’ newest A350 XWB.
The humanitarian cargo consisted of diarrhoeal disease kits, emergency food rations, interagency emergency health kits and clothing.
The goods will be handed over to the Ethiopian Airlines Foundation, the Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs and the National Disaster Risk Management Commission for further distribution to refugee camps as well as health stations.
Tewolde GebreMariam, group chief Eexecutive of Ethiopian Airlines, said: “The arrival of our latest A350 XWB is made more meaningful as we transport much needed relief goods to the drought affected areas in the region.Ethiopian Airlines will continue with its leadership role in fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities, focusing as much on sustainability and social responsibility as on pure business performance.”
Fabrice Brégier, president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and a board member of the Airbus Foundation, said: “Whenever possible, we try to use delivery flights of new aircraft to our customers to ship medical or humanitarian donations to countries or regions in need. I would like to thank Ethiopian Airlines, Humedica, Aviation without Borders and all partners involved in the organization for their tireless efforts and logistics support to successfully execute this mission.”