The Airbus Corporate Foundation and Aviation Sans Frontières have transported medical equipment and supplies to Thailand from Toulouse, France, aboard the delivery flight of Thai Airways International (THAI)’s most recently delivered A380. The aircraft, which landed on Friday 30th November in Bangkok, is the second to be delivered out of THAI’s total order for six A380s.
In addition to the medical equipment, the Airbus Foundation also provided a monetary donation of €50,000 to the Thai Red Cross as a contribution for the support of its children’s home in Bangkok.
The medical equipment delivered is destined for the Veterans General Hospital in Bangkok and is the result of a donation from the Toulouse University Hospital in France and a collection of some small medical equipment by the Banque Humanitaire du Pallet and Association Carinitos. It includes respirators, electrocardiograph (ECG) monitors, plus an extensive range of medical aid kits.
Chokchai Panyayong, THAI Senior Executive Vice President, said: “We are proud to have been able to use this special delivery flight in such a meaningful way. The generous donation received from the Airbus Foundation and the medical goods supplied by Aviation Sans Frontières will be very much appreciated by the beneficiaries here in Thailand, both of which are closely supported by THAI.”
Andrea Debbané, Executive Director of the Airbus Foundation, said: “The Airbus Foundation is pleased to have been able to work with THAI on this goodwill flight. The occasion of the second A380 delivery offered a perfect opportunity to help two deserving causes in Thailand. We would like to thank THAI and all our partners involved in this project.”
In recent years, Airbus has built up a global network of airlines and relief organisations to support international humanitarian causes. Delivery flights of new to be delivered aircraft have been used on numerous occasions to transport goods to destinations in need all over the world. This goodwill flight is the first involving the delivery of an A380.
The Airbus Corporate Foundation was created to facilitate charitable activities worldwide within an international network of employees and partners. The Airbus Corporate Foundation started its operation on 1st December, 2008. The organisation focuses its support on three themes: humanitarian and community support, youth development and the environment.
Since its launch in December 2008, the Airbus Corporate Foundation has facilitated some 30 relief or goodwill flights to numerous destinations all over the globe.