In addition to relief assistance already provided following the December 26 disaster, Japan Airlines announced today that it is to provide of free cargo shipments of relief goods from Japanese government agencies, local governments in Japan and public organizations, such as the Japanese Red Cross, for the period January 12 to March 31 2005.
JAL will carry relief goods and materials to destinations on the JAL overseas network. The nearest points to the disaster-affected areas served by JAL are Bangkok and Jakarta.
The airline’s contributions so far have included logistic support to medical teams that have flown to Indonesia and Thailand. JAL has also shipped medical supplies to Bangkok for onward delivery to affected regions in Thailand.
JAL said it will also provide free air transport for staff of public organizations, such as the Japanese Red Cross and Japanese aid organizations that the airline has worked with in the past, until further notice.