Air Canada Airlifts Supplies to Indonesia
MONTREAL, Jan. 4 /CNW
Telbec/ - In response to the unprecedented
devastation brought by tsunamis in Southeast Asia, Air Canada and its
employees have been working with World Vision and other Canadian aid agencies and airline industry partners to support relief efforts in the region.
Two flights containing relief supplies will depart Toronto:
Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Flight number: AC
Aircraft type: A340-300
Carrying: aid workers and 90,000 lbs of relief supplies
Routing: Toronto-Anchorage-Hong Kong-Jakarta
Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Flight number: AC
Aircraft type: MD
-11 (leased by Air Canada from Gemini Air Cargo)
Carrying: 190,000 lbs of relief supplies
This initiative will see relief supplies including pharmaceuticals,
general medical supplies, water purification equipment, non-perishable foods,
clothing and shelter materials airlifted to devastated areas in Indonesia.
Shipments of relief supplies will be distributed to Aceh province by
In addition to its partnership with World Vision,
- Air Canada ramp, Cargo, Airports and Maintenance employees as well
as flight attendants, pilots and management have volunteered to
support the relief effort both on the ground and in the air.
- The cargo will also include non-perishable food donated by Air
Canada's catering supplier, Cara Operations Limited.
- Additional supplies were collected and donated by the Indonesian-
Canadian community in Montreal and Unicef Canada.
- In addition to relief flights, Air Canada is partnering with the
Canadian Red Cross to help raise funds to assist people affected by
the December 26 tsunamis in Southeast Asia. Since January 1, 2005,
Air Canada flight attendants have been distributing and collecting
Red Cross Donation envelopes on flights across its entire network.
- NAV CANADA will waive domestic overflight fees for the mission.
- The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) will waive landing
fees and aircraft parking fees for the two returning aircraft.