Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8365 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 14837 times:
I went to Nationwide's website to see if there was any more information, I'll never criticise SAA for an out of date website again! The last press release on Nationwide's site is dated 25 February this year!
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6425 posts, RR: 74 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 14801 times:
Garuda Indonesia giving discount tickets for relatives of victims to fly to Banda Aceh (the hardest hit city in Indonesia), and free cargo for victims, relatives' cargo for victims, and also for relief aid... however, i don't have the full details.
I'm not sure on how some other airlines are helping, but I'm going to see one regional operator tomorrow hopefully to see...
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
Alespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 14574 times:
This is from CSA Czech Airlines website.
Czech Airlines adjusts its schedule and provides assistance to disaster stricken Sri Lanka
Prague, 27 December 2004
In connection with the natural disaster in the South-East Asia, Czech Airlines established an Emergency Operation Centre to facilitate flight planning and CSA assistance to tourists and people of the disaster stricken parts of Sri Lanka. CSA stopped selling tickets for the Colombo – Prague sector and will use the entire available capacity for passengers affected by the disaster. Injured and families with children will be given a priority.
This afternoon, scheduled OK 188 flight departed for Colombo. Following departures from Prague are planned for Tuesday, 28 December and extra flights for Wednesday, 29 December and Thursday, 30 December, back on Tuesday, 28 December, Wednesday, 29 December, Thursday, 30 December and Friday, 31 December. CSA also adjusted its schedule and the Wednesday flight to Dubai will continue to Colombo and offer the available capacity to Czech tourists who cannot return to the Czech Republic because of the disaster. CSA also sent additional staff to Colombo.
CSA offers the free capacity on its flights to transport humanitarian aid. 8 tons of packed drinking water were sent on today’s OK 188 flight from Prague to Colombo. In addition, CSA also sent its own humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka - first aid kits, sanitary supplies and clothing.
Upon request, CSA will change departure dates of passengers who planned to travel to Sri Lanka within the following days, free of charge. Departure dates may be changed free of charge from 27 December to 31 December 2004, provided the passenger selects another departure date until the end of April 2005. Detailed information is available at CSA Call Centre at tel. 239 007 007.
Next Flight: Oct 10: PRG-MUC-KIV EMB 195/CRJ 900, Oct 12: KIV-MUC-PRG CRJ900/EMB 195 wiht Lufthansa
NumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9 Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 14478 times:
What you mean with helping? Flying goods/cargo and people for free?
I don't think so - and if they receive money for it, they do it for business.
There was a big earth quake in Kazakstan in the 80's and lots of people were giving money to send goods, food, help to that area.
Radio stations in Germany changed program and people were able to "buy" songs, the money was for the people in Kazakstan.
And what happened: Aeroflot got hundreds of thousands USD for the cargo flights. Imagine: this was the socialist area, an airline that didn't take care about money or economy.
Adriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1113 posts, RR: 20 Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 14240 times:
FedEx, the US Coast Guard, and a group of Florida-based companies are working in sending a relief effort operation out of FedEx's Phillipine hub at Subic Bay. This group of corporations had set up a plan for assisiting in natural disasters in the Caribbean - just the location changed now.
FedEx normally makes available airlift capacity to help at no cost; recent examples include carrying relief materials on its B722F's to Grenada, A300-600F to Merida, etc.
SFO2SVO From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 396 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 13629 times:
Russian MChS (State Dept for Emergency Situations) sent two IL-76s loaded with tents, blankets, etc. The planes picked up some stranded tourists on the way back.
Sadly, it has been reported that some airlines and tour operators were reluctant to cancel flights to the resorts to avoid issuing refunds to their customers.
Olympicbis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 13331 times:
An A340-300 of Olympic flew yesterday to HKT to pick up Greek and Cyprus nationals as well as many tourists from other nationalities while bringing some supplies in.
I am afraid we have not yet seen the total extent of this tragedy yet. What a horror !
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5870 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 13113 times:
Apart from SAS, it's my understanding that DK will send extra aircrafts out to HKT. According to the CPH arrivals site, DK will have an aircraft in from Colombo via ARN at around 4 AM tomorrow, but I'm not sure if that's a relief flight or scheduled flight. OX will also have an aircraft in from HKT via Lahore on Thursday, but again, I'm not sure if that's a relief flight..
25 Ezycrew: Belair (767-300) and Edelweiss (330-200) from ZRH to MLE and CMB to bring Swiss rescue workers, dogs and material, and return to Switzerland full with
26 BIGBlack: I just heard on CNN FedEx is donating the use of one of their 747's.
27 Behramjee: Since when did Fed Ex put their B 747Fs back in service? Etihad Airways is making available the cargo space in all of its flights to Asia over the nex
28 Flybynight: FedEx is probably sending a DC10 or MD11, would be my guess. Heartbraking stories coming out of that area. CNN showed a young Swedish boy with a sign
29 TUNisia: That young Swedish boy that was on CNN saw his parents and brothers swept out to sea, CNN reported. Sad indeed.
30 CPH-R: The swedish kid is the same age as my niece (who came over for my sisters birthday), but fate would have it that members of his family has been found
31 BIGBlack: I dunno. You know the press. I did hear FedEx and 747 for sure. So, their mistake I guess. But regardless I am pretty sure FedEx is donating an a/c. I
32 Adriaticus: FedEx's largest aircraft nowadays is the MD11F, with 161,000 Lbs payload capacity. No jumbos. The A380-800F is expected to enter in service with FedEx
33 ZK-NBT: TG have said they will put on charter flights to AKL for NZers if need be.