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Published on : Thursday, November 21, 2013
A Boeing 747 freighter with capacity for up to 120 tonnes of cargo flew to the country on Monday, November 18.
It carried much-needed aid from Oxfam, Save the Children, The Reina Sofia Foundation and UNICEF to provide relief to the worst affected regions of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which has devastated parts of the archipelago, leaving thousands dead and millions more affected by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded.
The British Airways Boeing 747 freighter aircraft flew from IAG Cargo’s base at Stansted, loaded with supplies from Oxfam, Save the Children and The Reina Sofia Foundation, to Billund in Denmark. Supplies from UNICEF will be loaded onto the aircraft, it will then collect further supplies from Sharjah in the UAE, before going on to its final destination of Cebu in the Philippines.
Speaking earlier to the media, Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, had said: “The impact of Typhoon Haiyan has had a devastating impact on the people of the Philippines and their situation is desperate. British Airways is providing a fully crewed Boeing 747 freighter to fly urgently needed supplies to help those most in need.
“It’s vital we play our part to do what we can to support the international rescue effort and come to the aid of the millions of people caught up in this terrible crisis.”
source: British Airways