Emirates join Pakistan relief efforts

Emirates today coordinated and transported
more than 110 tonnes of cargo supplies from relief agencies on a special
charter flight to Islamabad, completely free of cost. The relief supplies - tents, blankets and medicines - were received from the
Pakistani Consulate and the Joint Committee of Relief for various Pakistani
associations in Dubai and sent to Islamabad on Emirates SkyCargo’s Boeing
747-400F freighter.Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West
Asia and Indian Ocean said: “At Emirates, we are appalled at the scale of
the tragedy in Pakistan, a nation with which we share a warm relationship
and to which we offer extensive services. Our heartfelt sympathy and
condolences to all the families, both here in Dubai and in Pakistan, who
have lost their loved ones in this disaster.”

The Emirates SkyCargo freighter, which was diverted from its commercial
operations in the Far East, left today at 17:00 hours from Dubai and will
reach Islamabad at 21:00 hours local time.

 

Tanvir Khawaja, Chief Coordinator of Joint Committee for Relief said: “We
are extremely thankful to Emirates for their generous gesture and timely
offer, especially as we are sending medicines which are urgently required in
Pakistan. We are delighted that Emirates reacted immediately and positively
on receiving our request.”

 

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Earlier in the week, Emirates SkyCargo urgently transported 2,500 blankets
in its weekly Airbus A310-300F to Islamabad. The cargo division is working
with local relief agencies to utilize its seven freighters as charter
flights for sending aid to Pakistan. Emirates also has been transporting aid
on behalf of the French and British governments, international relief
agencies and charity organizations in its 36 weekly flights to Pakistan -
five flights to Islamabad, 25 to Karachi, four to Lahore and two to
Peshawar.
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