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Flights of hope
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Boeing rotorcraft, military transports and commercial jetliners answer the call for help when global disasters strike.
It might be a lone U.S. Air Force C-17 dropping replacement engine parts to a British fishing boat adrift in pack ice near Antarctica, or a fleet of the huge cargo lifters, operated by various nations and NATO, ferrying supplies to Haiti after a devastating earthquake there.
Perhaps it's a Boeing commercial jetliner loaded with food, medicine and other aid for victims of an earthquake in China, or Chinook helicopters evacuating displaced people from flood-ravaged Pakistan, or a V-22 Osprey utilizing its unique vertical landing and high-speed cruise capabilities to quickly get help where roads and runways don't exist or have been damaged.
Whether it's a small emergency in the ocean or a disaster that affects tens of thousands on land, when the call for help and assistance goes out, Boeing aircraft operated by customers and countries from around the globe become "flights of hope" as they perform vital relief and humanitarian missions.
Boeing gift to help reconstruct Haiti's public education system
Boeing and its employees, through a company-sponsored appeals program, committed $2.2 million to help the people of Haiti following a devastating earthquake in January 2010. The American Red Cross received $1.3 million of that amount for immediate relief efforts. The remaining $900,000 went to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) to help Haiti rebuild its infrastructure.
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"We hope our contribution will help ease the Haitian Government's enormous task of rebuilding schools and training classroom teachers," Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said. "Few things are more important to a country and its people's future success than an accessible public education system."
Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who co-lead the IHRC, will work with Boeing to identify specific projects to support the implementation of the Haitian Government's education plan, specifically in areas directly affected by the earthquake. The innovative partnership with the Government of Haiti will target the development of a universally accessible, high-quality public education system.
The approval of "hundreds of millions of dollars worth of projects for the reconstruction of Haiti, highlights an opportunity for the Haitian people to re-imagine and achieve their vision for a better future," co-chair Clinton said.
The infrastructure contribution will be directed to the Haitian Government through the William J. Clinton Foundation to support specific education projects. The IHRC will review the projects. Boeing will select from the ones that are approved; it also will monitor the projects to ensure transparency and accountability for the contribution.
Boeing's Australian employees lend a helping hand to flood victims
Boeing employees across Australia joined forces to assist family, friends and strangers recover from devastating floods in early 2011, which caused significant damage to thousands of homes and businesses, as well as loss of lives.
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A number of Boeing offices and facilities were closed during the peak of the flooding, including Boeing Defence Australia’s Brisbane office and operations at RAAF Bases Amberley and Oakey, Boeing Training & Flight Services, Boeing Commercial Airplane Field Services, Jeppesen, Insitu Pacific and Boeing Research and Technology-Australia offices in Brisbane. During the site closure period, hundreds of employees volunteered their time to aid flood victims.
In one instance, more than 25 Amberley employees helped five workmates whose homes were inundated by floodwaters in the Ipswich area—two of which had water above-roof level. The Amberley team also delivered more than 3,000 bottles of water to the State Emergency Service and evacuation centers at Ipswich, and offered generators as an interim-solution to areas without power, as well as sheets, blankets, towels and other necessities.
While for many employees, the focus was protecting property and assisting family and friends as the floodwaters struck, some Boeing Defence Australia employees were involved in critical aspects of the emergency response.
At Oakey, the Army Aviation Training & Training Support (AATTS) team maintained six of the military aircraft deployed for flood recovery operations, which included eight Black Hawk, four Kiowa, two Sea King, and three Agusta Westland-109 helicopters. In addition, a team of AATTS employees from Holsworthy, New South Wales, flew to Amberley to provide further maintenance support.
Under the direction of Australian Defence Force Joint Taskforce 637, Brian Lugg, AATTS senior instructor–Black Hawk, and Bob Ulmer, AATTS qualified flying instructor–Black Hawk, operated Army Black Hawk A25-204 to transport Queensland Police and Disaster Victim Identification teams from Brisbane to devastated areas in the Lockyer Valley to begin the aerial search for missing persons, and also deliver much-needed medical supplies to Toowoomba.
"While the Army was able to mobilize additional aircraft required for ongoing relief and rescue operations by the following day, we were pleased the customer was able to ask, and trust, the AATTS team to assist with ADF Taskforce needs," Lugg said. "On a personal level, it was an opportunity for Bob and me to deliver help to those hardest hit by the incredibly sudden flash flood—the effects of which will be felt in these areas for a long time to come."
"I’m incredibly proud of how our people have banded together to support their communities, both as individuals and Boeing employees," said Bill Madley, Boeing Defence Australia acting managing director and vice president. "Actions definitely speak louder than words, and I encourage employees to continue reaching out to help others and contribute to the rebuilding and recovery efforts."
Boeing employees around the world have responded with financial contributions totaling $216,775 (USD), which was donated to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund. The company matched employee contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.