Airbus Foundation sends medical supplies to Vietnam
1 June 2010: The Airbus Corporate Foundation works in partnership with Non Governmental Organisations regularly using Airbus aircraft to provide aid to countries and communities which have been affected by natural disasters or are in need.
Last Friday, an Airbus team in Hamburg loaded Vietnam Airlines A321 ferry flight with 3.8 tonnes of medical equipment for dialysis, including 12 generators, 2 video screens, catheters, and many appliances and spares donated by the Toulouse, France based hospital Purpan . This equipment will help a Hanoi nephrology hospital to treat patients suffering from chronic kidney failure.
This aircraft is the 17th A321 delivered to Vietnam Airlines, from a total order of 41 of this aircraft type.
Tom Enders, President of the Airbus Corporate Foundation and President and CEO of Airbus said: “The Airbus Corporate Foundation together with Vietnam Airlines identified this flight as an opportunity to donate some medical equipment that was awaiting shipment to Hanoi. I would like to thank all our partners and the employees involved in this project”.
In recent years, Airbus has built up a global network of airlines and relief organisations to support international humanitarian help. Ferry flights of new aircraft have been used on numerous occasions to transport goods all over the world.
Established in December 2008, the “Airbus Corporate Foundation” aims at facilitating charitable activities worldwide under one roof within an international network of employees, associations and international organizations. Social responsibility coupled with a greater responsibility to take care of the environment has been at the heart of the Airbus business activities for a long time. The Airbus Corporate Foundation focuses its support on three themes: humanitarian and community support, youth development and environment.
For more information on the Airbus Corporate Foundation and its activities, please visit: http://www.airbuscorporatefoundation.com/.
Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Over 9,500 Airbus aircraft have been sold to more than 300 customers worldwide and more than 6,000 of these have been delivered since the company first entered the market in the early seventies.