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Asian Disaster-how are airlines helping  
User currently offlineVsa340 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 136 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

Has Any of the low cost airlines helped out with the Asian disaster?

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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6617 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

Yes, effective immediately, WN will begin nonstop 737-700 service from LUV to Aceh.

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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

Also FR a 737-700 from STN to aceh, prices start at only 0.01

Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2846 times:

WizzAir are donating 1 Euro for every flight booked between 4 and 11 January...can't see them flying their pink lipsticks over there though.

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User currently offlineEUROBUS From Spain, joined Nov 2004, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

I do not know about the LCC, but I was impressed with CX rapid response after the disaster. Only after a few days it had happened, Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo members received a general e-mail asking them to donate their miles. For what purpose? It was clear and well explained how they would be used and I am fully convinced that they will serve a great purpose: helping the ones who most need it! I am sure that with initiatives like this one by CX, all card holders can give a huge amount of help without any effort. Personally, I feel my miles couldn’t have a better use.

Who says airports are boring places?!
User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

NWA is taking two 747 freighter full of supplies over.

Northwest and AmeriCares Announce Relief Effort for South Asia

Continuing a long-standing partnership, Northwest and AmeriCares are teaming up to transport relief supplies to South Asia for victims of the recent earthquake and tsunamis.

NWA Cargo, the cargo subsidiary of Northwest, has offered to carry up to 200 tons of supplies – two full Boeing 747 freighters – over the next 60 days. Northwest, the only U.S. passenger airline that also operates freighters, will provide space on its regularly scheduled all-cargo and passenger/cargo combination flights between the United States and Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.

The initial shipment of 20 tons, including medical and other relief supplies provided by AmeriCares donors in the United States, is expected to depart New York JFK for Singapore early on Jan. 2.

"The tragic floods in South Asia represent human suffering of incomprehensible magnitude," said Doug Steenland, president and CEO. "AmeriCares and Northwest have worked together for a decade to provide and transport medical and humanitarian relief to people affected by major disasters throughout the world. This disaster presents a significant challenge for AmeriCares in its mission to deliver help, hope and relief to those suffering, and also calls for Northwest and its employees to once again assist AmeriCares in responding to the needs of the affected people as part of our commitment to the Asia-Pacific region."

"We are truly appreciative of Northwest Airlines' generosity at this critical time," said Curtis R. Welling, president and CEO of AmeriCares. "We have a long-standing relationship with Northwest, which has been helping us for the past 10 years in times of disasters. Their critical transportation assistance will enable our medical relief supplies to reach the earthquake and tsunami survivors in Asia as quickly as possible."

User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 9101 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2751 times:

RG is flying a DC-10F to Asia for free to take Aid. They already did at least one flight.


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User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2751 times:

UPS is contributing $3 million in cash, services and relief supplies to areas affected. UPS is providing lift for disaster organizations. over a million pounds of releive supplies each week will be carried via air, ground and ocean via UPS from all continents around the world. UPS' industrial engineering department will also be assisting in logistics for relieve supplies.

User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

Contrary to replies no. 1 and 2 which run counter to the validity and spirit of the original question - some LCCs have indeed pitched in to help in this very real tragedy.

Virgin Express is operating a 30-min special flight over Belgium on 8 Jan 2005 to raise funds for the Tsunami Relief Fund and ticket are priced at Euro 49. Subject to demand, more than one flight could be operated.

Virgin Blue has flown aid workers from Australia to Phuket.

Tiger Airways has also provided complimentary transportation from Singapore to Phuket for relief workers and supplies. It has also provided its passenger manifests to the Singapore government to help track people reported missing.

Nok Air offered free flights to Phuket for doctors.

This tragedy (and mind you, it is not only an Asian tragedy as countries such as Sweden, France, UK and Germany along with many others around the world mourn significant numbers of their own) has brought out the true spirit of giving in the darkest and final days of 2004, and these include:

Air Canada which operated two A343 flights to Jakarta.

Qatar Airways which helped evacuate stricken tourists from the Maldives.

Thai Airways International which transported relief teams and supplies to Phuket and evacuated injured victims and stranded visitors to Bangkok.

Bangkok Airways which transported injured victims from Phuket to Bangkok.

Singapore Airlines which flew volunteer doctors from Singapore to Sri Lanka, donated S$300,000 to Tsunami Relief Funds. SIA and SIA Cargo are flying relief supplies from around the world to the stricken countries.

Malaysia Airlines is transporting relief goods from around the world to the affected countries and has pledged US$52,632 in donations.

Qantas Airways has dedicated an aircraft to relief efforts in Thailand and Sri Lanka (no mention of what aircraft type).

Jet Airways, Air Sahara and Indian Airlines are ferrying relief supplies to the Nicobar and Andaman Islands.

Finnair helped evacuate citizens from Scandinavian countries and has transported relief supplies, aid workers and a field hospital to Phuket.

SAS is making a collection onboard its flights/check-in counters/hotels and matching such collections over a two-week period. This money will be donated to the Save The Children fund.

Dragonair has transported government relief supplies from HKG to Phuket.

BA's Change For Good will donate its entire collection in Jan 2005 to UNICEF to fund relief efforts in tsunami-struck countries.

China Southern Airlines has taken a B744F out of line service to operate flights to Sri Lanka.

Emirates has operated humanitarian relief flights to transport supplies to Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

And last but not least, Cathay Pacific (as mentioned earlier in this post) has been quick to react and has made a HK1 million donation to start the CX SE Asia Disaster Relief Fund rolling. It will match staff contributions during the fund's first month. CX has also donated blankets and medical supplies and provided transported such supplies to stricken countries.

These are by no means the only airlines which have been generous in contributing both cash and services - and I hope to learn of many more through the great discussion.

Beyond the immediate needs, survivors of the disaster will need further support to re-build their lives and livelihood (and children have special needs and need your special attention). So where you find yourself as an airline passenger being asked for a little extra, give generously.

KC Sim

User currently offlineFlyinTLow From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2667 times:

I don't want to seem demanding here, but why aren't other big airlines helping out here. LH springs to my mind immediatly. Nothing official has been released by them as far as I know. Or are they helping without the public knowing? E.g. all cargo aboard their BKK flights will be transported for free?

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User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 7561 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

Lion Air is flying flights to BTJ and extra flights to Medan... Bereavement fares apply, for non victims (ie. relatives flying there to look for their loved ones) got the hiked fare in some cases... Same applies to Jatayu...

Adam Air, the low fare full service airline, has undertaken free flights for aid workers to Banda Aceh and give 3 tons of cargo space for each flight to Medan.

Xpress Air, the Low Fare airlines normally serving east Indonesia is also undertaking aid charter flights to Medan and Banda Aceh...

More flights are requested but the slots are limited, and that foreign aid flights take priority... and locals are rumoured to be paying a bomb for slots! Someone's pocketing out this ? Not happy ! However, this is a rumour... there are heaps of rumours running around here re. Aceh at the moment.


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User currently offlineQuestAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

I got an email today asking United Mileage Plus members to donate either miles or money.

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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

@FlyinTLow: totally agree - in N-TV there were lots of German companies mentioned who donated, among them Deutsche Bank, Siemens, Daimler, Deichmann and Deutsche Bahn.
I don't know what Deichmann and Deutsche Bahn have to do with SE Asia but they help because of humanitarian reasons.

So where is our "National Carrier" who has lots of flights into that region?
By the way: Australia, Germany and Japan are the 3 biggest donators - what is LH as #2 country doing? Seems as if Deutsche Bahn has to help out  Wink/being sarcastic

And by the way: do the mentioned airlines from other posts really help or do they earn money for cargo flights?

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User currently offlineCayman From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

Air Canada have also done at least a couple of dedictaed relief flights, A333 with worker and supplies and an MD11 freighter--

User currently offlineIVO From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 470 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

Airbus Industries has donated 1 Million Euro's and reserved a Beluga for
the transportation of field hospitals, outsized and other relief cargo.


User currently offlineQantasflyer From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 396 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

announced that it would donate a total of $1 million to UNICEF, CARE Australia, Oxfam and World Vision to assist with their disaster relief efforts.


Qantasflyer That's the spirit. The Spirit of Australia!
User currently offlineRtfm From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

BA has donated £1m; part in cash, part in kind. They have already operated one special flight (B744) to BKK to bring back survivors/families, etc from Thailand to UK and also an A319 to BRU to bring back come people who were flown there by the Belgian military. I believe both of these were at the request of the Uk Foriegn Office. They diverted one of their STN-HKG freighters to CMB to drop off a consignment of tents this week and are operating a dedicated relief 744F to CMB today with about 110 tonnes of relief supplies.

User currently offlineTbanger From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Rex - Australias largest Regional Carrier has offered to put a fully crewed (flight + mx) wherever needed for the purpose of relocating aid workers to various parts of Indonesia to help in relief efforts.

The whole cost being covered by Rex. This aircraft will be available for the next 4 weeks.

Staff at Rex have donated $25,000 to date with the board offering $2.00 per $1.00 raised. Further fundraising activities have commenced with donation containers at all check-in counters. All monies raised will go to the Red Cross Tsunami appeal.

Not bad for an airline that employs 650 people.

I must say that the way Australia and Australians have gotten behind this whole disaster appeal it makes me very proud to be an Aussie. There are only 20mil people living in Australia and as of Thursday 6th Jan, Australians had donated $100 million. On top of this the Australian Government is offering 1 billion dollars in Grants and Loans.

C'mon Aussie C'mon.

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Virgin Atlantic have also operated 2 relief flights this week, one from LHR-CMB and one from LHR-MLE. Both carried bottled water donated by Somerfield and Kwik Save supermarkets.


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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

CSA Czech Airlines are transportating wounded from Sri Lanka to Prague on their scheduled service. Also, all their A310 freight possibilities on their service PRG-Sri Lanka are being used for tranportation of help: food, clothing, medicine- all from the Czech government and people.

Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

From United.com:
United has announced several initiatives to assist with the tsunami relief effort in Asia, including the donation of available cargo space to ship relief supplies to southern Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and other coastal areas on the Indian Ocean.

Starting the week of January 5, 2005, cargo shipments of relief supplies will depart the U.S. on United for Bangkok, beginning with the first shipments from the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. In addition, United will help relief organizations transport doctors and other health care workers to the region.

IAD spotters- perhaps we might expect to see some extra 744's?

User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

I just did a seach on the big airlines sites (did UA, SEE ABOVE, AA, WN, US, CO, DL), and it looks like AA is the only other big airline doing something at the moment. Interestingly, CO is offering rescheduling for pax planning on flying to affected areas

User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 7561 posts, RR: 76
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

From Medan last night... what was there...

1 x S-61N
1 x Bell 412 military
3 x BO105 Indonesian Police
1 x Bell 206B Sabah Air
1 x Bell 212 Sabah Air
1 x Bell 206B SAR Helicopters
1 x Mil 8 Civil
1 x S-61 Malaysian Military
3 x Chinooks Indonesia Military

Plus heaps of C-130s, C-2 Greyhoud from USS Abraham Lincoln, CASAs, IL-76s, DC-10s, C-130J from RAAF, Beech King Airs x 5 incl RAAF.


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