Emirates has further upped momentum on its
relief efforts for the tsunami-affected countries in South Asia. Emirates SkyCargo has been flying its Boeing 747-400Fs loaded with relief
items, including food, tents, utensils, clothes, linen and medicines, from
across its network to affected countries in the region. Two of the
shipments, from Cairo and Dubai, totalling nearly 190 tonnes, were delivered
to the International Federation of the Red Cross in Colombo.
In the past week, Emirates has carried a total of more than 455 tonnes of
relief goods in its freighters and scheduled flights from 11 if its
destinations - Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden, Egypt, Iran, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Philippines, Singapore, and Australia - to Sri Lanka,
Indonesia, India and Maldives.
More than 100 tonnes were sent free of charge on behalf of various
organizations including the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, Dubai
Humanitarian City, International Association of Human Values and Al Boghari
General Trading. Emirates’ partnership with SriLankan Airlines also has
enabled it to leverage its own network to help SriLankan to connect with
various cities that have offered humanitarian help, and to carry shipments
free of charge.
Over the next few days, Emirates will coordinate and transport several more
shipments to countries devastated by the tsunamis on 26th December.
Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Emirates is making good on its
promise while continuing to monitor the situation in the South Asian
countries most affected by the tsunamis. We are ensuring that they receive
relief supplies in a timely and efficient manner.”
Meanwhile, Emirates’ staff in Munich have put together a container full of
food and clothing that will be transferred to Dubai on one of the airline’s
regular flights and onwards to Colombo on Sri Lankan Airlines. From Dubai,
the airline procured and transported more than 12 tonnes of food and
medicines to Colombo over the New Year weekend and nearly 20 tonnes of
much-required shipments of bottled water to the Maldives in the initial days
of the disaster.