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Airbus links up with Red Cross

By Hpanchal on June 1, 2012

Officials from Airbus and The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will partner on future humanitarian missions. The agreement, signed at the federation's home base in Geneva, addresses collaboration in transportation, training and community relations. According to an Airbus press release, this agreement is one of only 11 of the IFRC's private-sector partnerships around the world.

"In times of emergency, every second counts. The quicker we respond, the more lives we can help save," the foundation's secretary general, Bekele Geleta, said in a statement. "With Airbus' vital support, we will be able to better serve vulnerable communities in their greatest times of need."

The agreement calls for Airbus to transport Emergency Response Units along with supplies and foundation staff. Both organizations will train their counterparts in humanitarian logistics. Finally, the partnership includes opportunities for local collaboration on volunteer initiatives for the two parties.

The IFRC has been a partner with Airbus Corporate Foundation since last year, and the new agreement only strengthens their bond. The parties recently worked together to deliver more than 100 tonnes of food to the Horn of Africa on two A340 test flights.

Airbus also partners with other humanitarian organizations around the world. This spring, the manufacturer cooperated with Aviation sans Frontieres to deliver 1 tonne of medical equipment to the Philippines. Airbus had been in partnership with the organization for more than two years.

Like Airbus, Boeing does its fair share of humanitarian work, recently partnering with Project Hope to deliver medicine to Tashkent.

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