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Humanitarian Delivery Flights
Life Saving Gifts
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Turning empty space into a life-saving gift takes the ingenuity of Boeing employees, customers and airline partners who have joined forces on an innovative program that brings needed humanitarian supplies to people and communities.
The Boeing Humanitarian Delivery Flights program is a collaborative effort among Boeing, airline customers, domestic nonprofits and international nongovernment organizations to deliver humanitarian aid to communities in need around the world. Through this program, items such as medical supplies, clothing and educational materials are loaded into the empty cargo space of new airplanes and transported during their initial delivery to the customer's home destination for distribution to areas in need or crisis.
"Boeing airplanes crisscross the globe everyday, flying under the banners of our airline partners," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Our relationships with them are essential to our commercial business, but they also present opportunities such as this to help make the world a better place."
Over the years, Boeing has implemented 124 of these Humanitarian Delivery Flights working in partnership with nearly 50 different airlines to deliver more than 800,000 pounds of donated medical supplies, clothing and educational materials with a customs value of more than $3 million.
"Boeing airplanes crisscross the globe everyday, flying under the banners of our airline partners," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Our relationships with them are essential to our commercial business, but they also present opportunities such as this to help make the world a better place."
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Two missions, involving deliveries of 777 jetliners, brought aid to the remote Swat Valley of Pakistan. More than 2 million people were displaced by recent military conflicts in this region, and medical supplies are greatly needed as they begin to return to their war-damaged communities.
In June, Boeing partnered with Emirates, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and nonprofit Direct Relief International to deliver 10 wood pallets (7,453 pounds) of medical supplies to the Pakistani Institute of Prosthetic and Orthotic Sciences. In August, Boeing, Emirates and PIA worked with relief organization AmeriCares to bring 18 wood pallets (16,076 pounds) loaded with medical supplies to International Medical Corps for distribution. In both missions, Emirates flew the supplies to Dubai, where they were transferred to a PIA flight for delivery into Pakistan.
"In our competitive business, it is always a pleasure to see people working together across borders for a noble cause," said Captain Aijaz Haroon, managing director of PIA. "We believe projects such as this serve to strengthen our relationships over the long term."
Careful coordination among all participants is critical in preparing, transporting and distributing supplies safely.
"With our vast network of customer, community and government partners, I can't think of another company that is as well positioned as Boeing to facilitate the movement of critical resources, ideas and expertise to bring relief and hope to those who need it most," said Anne Roosevelt, vice president for Global Corporate Citizenship.
Photo: Gail Hanusa/Boeing