FrndlySkys777
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Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Tue Dec 28, 2004 11:09 pm

Hello,

I was just wondering what airlines are helping with the tsunami relief efforts. Where are these (I'm assuming cargo) flights departing from and where are they going to?

It was a very unfortunate event indeed and my heart goes out to all the victims.

Regards,
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:27 am

I beleive a lot of the regional airlines: Air India, Indian Airlines Jet Airways and Air Sahara in India. Thai and Phiket Air in Thailand, MAS in Malaysia.
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:39 am

A Nationwide Airlines 767-300 left South Africa for Phuket today to bring back South African tourists.

Don't know if Nationwide is sponsoring the flight or if it has been chartered by the South African Government.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:43 am

I went to Nationwide's website to see if there was any more information, I'll never criticise SAA for an out of date website again!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!

http://www.nationwideair.co.za
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:50 am

I know SAS will send some Aircrafts over to bring home many of the Scandinavians out there in Thailand and surrounding areas.

They will have an extra flight that departs from ARN to BKK on the 30th, 31st and 1 of january.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:50 am

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...

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:57 am

Jet Airways helped transporting a plane load of relief package to Andaman this morning. Indian Airlines and Cathay Pacific also offered logistics support to the Indian Red Cross.

http://www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=51302

Anyway may I urge everybody to give generously to victims in this horrific tragedy. The starting point is perhaps to get in touch with your local Red Cross Red Crescent or any other organisations:

http://www.icrc.org/eng

Thanks.

[Edited 2004-12-28 17:08:29]
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:16 am

Virgin Blue is sending a 737-800 to HKT, which will arrive in HKT on the morning of 29/12.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:09 am

Italy sent 3 747 (Alitalia i presume) and turkish airline sent an aircraft to Male to get 300 turkish tourists
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:15 am

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.

 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:32 am

Not exactly an airline but the Government of Kuwait is planning to send in a C-130 into India tomorrow with some relief materials.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:34 am

Horrible times. Good to see so many pitching in to help.
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:40 am

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.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:43 am

Well I meant the half price for victims and such but I get your point. It's a shame we dont see more charitable acts then
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:18 am

German Airforce will send a A310MRT (Medevac) and a couple of chartered aircraft I guess LTU A330s as far as I heard
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:36 am

Holland Exel B767-300ER (PH-AHX) picked up some Dutch people in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rumours say Martinair MD-11F's will make some relief flights to Asia.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:40 am

Britannia Nordic sent an empty B767-300 to HKT yesterday night.

I agree to some extent that the cargo airlines to generate business, but i know for a fact that some like Volga and a few others have lower rates, and some flights for the red cross are 'at cost!'

My deepest sympathies to all affected, for the second time in 5 years a truely global event, that will affect us all.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:08 am

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.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:06 am

i believe my travel sent a plane from the uk empty and so have thomsonfly (britannia) to pick up passengers who need to return, A330-200 and B767-300 respectivly.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:16 am

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.
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Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:37 am

The G.P.I. 747-SP will be departing CVG for Hyderabad, India with relief volunteers and supplies. Scheduled departure Jan. 2nd, 2004 return Jan. 12th, 2004 approx.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:51 am

Finnair has sent several B757s to HKT and I believe Air Finland has done the same.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:56 am

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 !
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 7:27 am

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..
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 7:30 am

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 tourists.

REGA (a major Swiss Air Ambulance operator) has also been very busy.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 10:22 am

I just heard on CNN FedEx is donating the use of one of their 747's.
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 10:34 am

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 next week for the use of the Red Crescent Society to send urgent relief to the countries affected. Red Crescent Society to send urgent relief to the countries affected.

Etihad operates 18 flights weekly to Colombo, Mumbai, Bangkok and New Delhi and will transfer humanitarian aid, including food and other supplies, to the tsunami-hit areas. The airline will also fly Red Crescent staff directly to Colombo, Sri Lanka being the worst hit in the disaster that struck on 26 December.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:23 am

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 around his neck looking for his family. That just tugs at your heart, especially being a parent of 4 year old myself.  Crying
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:37 am

That young Swedish boy that was on CNN saw his parents and brothers swept out to sea, CNN reported.

Sad indeed.
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:40 am

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 & reunited with him (his grandmother I think).

Another heartbreaking story is that of the 13 year old girl who had to have both of her legs set off & on top of that most of her family (parents, brother) is missing, presumed dead.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:21 pm

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 saw the same footage. Really, really, really tragedic stuff. I donated to the red cross today. I just cant believe what these people are going through
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:22 pm

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 in '2008.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:53 pm

TG have said they will put on charter flights to AKL for NZers if need be.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:01 pm

If FedEX says they are sending 747, then it must be the Atlas Air operating on behalf of FX.


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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:14 pm

OS had flights into CMB, MLE and HKT.

The HKT flight back to VIE made an emergency stop in IST because a passenger was in such bad conditions that he had to be offloaded as he had water in his lungs.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:52 pm

just a supplement to OHLHD's posting:
OS has meanwhile flown 3 times down to the area CMB-MLE-HKT, the 4th flight is on the way. Yesterday's flight (200 pax) carried mostly injured people (the one stopping at IST), 2 medi-helicopters and 85 ambulances where waiting at the airport to bring the people to nearby hospitals.
Whoever is paying the costs to OS (someone will, possibly the emergency fund of the state) - it is for the moment the smaller problem. OS also carried passengers without tickets/documents no matter on which airline they have originally flown to the holiday resorts. Money is not always making the world go around, definitely not.

It's a tragedy showing the uncontrollable power of nature over a small and weak creature called human being. It could have well been that some of us, of our family, relatives or friends could have been the victims. So I do thank that nobody of my people was in this area and my thoughts are with those not having been so lucky.

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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:05 pm

From CathayPacific.com

Cathay Pacific has also agreed to help governments and charities ferry supplies to stricken areas. Two sniffer dogs and their handlers, offered by the French government, are already on their way from Paris to Colombo to help with search and rescue operations in Sri Lanka. Some 250 boxes of clothes donated by the Salvation Army in Hong Kong and 3,500 blankets donated by the airline are also being shipped.

Also, China also sent the Airforce IL76 to SriLanka and Indonesia to support the search and rescue operations
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:11 pm

The US Government is sending C-130's for supplies, P-3 Orions for recon, and the USS Abraham Lincoln Battle group is also being sent to the area. Along with 15 million in aid, with an additional 20 million just announced.
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:11 pm

Turkish Airlines sent an A340-313 `Aydin` to that area. It took some rescue squad there.
Yesterday it returned Turkey with 13 people that witnessed that disaster.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:16 pm

Who is coordinating all of this? I mean, its one thing for countries, airlines, etc. to send aid and offer free tranport out of the area, but who's cordinating logistics on the ground to see that things get to where they need to be?
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:22 pm

Planenutz,
According to the USAF website, US Pacific Command is coordinating the relief efforts. An article is availible at the USAF website:

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123009484
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:25 pm

DHL is sending a relief flt from BAH to CMB tomorrow with goods donated by companies in Bahrain.
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=100012&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=27284

And they are providing free airlift of relief aid in Thailand.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/Business/29Dec2004_biz61.php

Additionally, the agreement between IFRC and DHL described in the below press release is surely of value in the relief efforts.

Press Release
Red Cross Red Crescent disaster response efforts boosted by agreement with DHL

Brussels, Belgium / Geneva, Switzerland, 22 July 2004 / The disaster response capabilities of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world’s largest humanitarian assistance organization, have been strengthened thanks to a groundbreaking partnership agreement with DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company. The five-year deal, signed today in Geneva, covers not only disaster relief, but also other activities such as disaster preparedness, health projects and consultancy.

At a time when disasters in the world are increasing, the challenges of ensuring emergency relief gets to where it should be in a timely way, are all more acute. DHL’s core competencies in logistics and transportation will enhance the International Federation’s ability to provide humanitarian relief quickly and effectively when disasters and other emergencies occur and so reduce human suffering. The partnership will include research, the development of management tools and creative communications, as well as a program of employee volunteerism.

DHL and the International Federation have already worked closely on a number of activities, including the delivery of humanitarian relief supplies to those affected by earthquakes in Iran and Morocco. DHL is also participating in the planning for a nationwide campaign to provide measles vaccine and anti-malaria nets to children in Togo this December. It is ensuring that critical timelines for pre-campaign community and health facility surveys are met.

This agreement, one of only a small number of long-term strategic partnerships between a humanitarian organization and a company, is a striking example of how business can engage with stakeholder groups in society beyond shareholders, employees and governments. An annual evaluation will be conducted to ensure that the partnership is having a positive impact on those in need.

“With its global network and expertise in some of the poorest and most disaster-prone regions, as well as its sense of corporate responsibility, DHL constitutes an ideal partner for us,” says Markku Niskala, secretary general of the International Federation. “By bringing together our complementary skills and resources, we aim to enhance our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable people around the world.”

Richard Corriette, Vice President Corporate Citizenship Unit at DHL, says, “We are proud that the IFRC has chosen to work with DHL. We believe that by working together we can optimize our resources and use our different areas of skill and expertise to help improve the state of the world. DHL’s contribution is not just as a commercial organization, through generating economic wealth, but as a corporate citizen that accepts it has broader social responsibilities in society.”


My thoughts are with all touched by this disaster
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:42 pm

Not exactly an airline but the Government of Kuwait is planning to send in a C-130 into India tomorrow with some relief materials.

A C130 AF aircraft landed Mumbai Tonight.It had the words Hellina [Something] Air Force written on it.It was shut down & parked when I saw it.I doubt it was the same one though.
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:44 pm

Indian Airlines will operate 15 flights to Port Blair today {7 and 8 from Chennai and Kolkatta}

Jet Airways will operate 3 from each Chennai and Kolkatta to Port Blair

Unfortunately the Naval airbase at Cara Nicobar is totally destroyed
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:27 pm

Moroccan government sending 2 C-130's full with medical supplies, vaccines and blankets according to national news agency http://www.map.co.ma and foreign ministry, as you know Morocco doesn't have that many aircraft but is trying to help as people helped it through Alhoceima earthquake in feb 2004.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:41 pm

A C130 AF aircraft landed Mumbai Tonight.It had the words Hellina [Something] Air Force written on it.

Hawk, that could be a Greek Air Force C-130.
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:54 pm

I heard that TG are flying victims out of the areas for free of charge.
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:27 pm

The reply from Qantas.

Insummary:
- 2 extra flights
1 to Phuket 29th December
1 to Male and Colombo 30th December
Both will take doctors an supplies and return with passengers who wish to return

http://www.qantas.com.au/regions/dyn/au/publicaffairs/details?ArticleID=2004/dec04/3196
 
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RE: Tsunami- Airlines Helping

Wed Dec 29, 2004 7:12 pm

Qantas sent in VH-OGQ to Phuket via Singapore with callsign Qantas6003.