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Tsunami disaster – countries in crisis

British Airways supports tsunami relief

© UNICEF Supply Division/01-2005
UNICEF relief supplies wait to be loaded onto planes at Billund Airport, Denmark

NEW YORK, 25 January 2005 - The first of ten British Airways flights taking vital aid to tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean region left Billund Airport in Denmark last week, bound for Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

The British national carrier has donated ten weekly 747 freighter flights to get supplies to tsunami-stricken countries.

They will connect UNICEF’s emergency warehouse supply hub in Copenhagen with the most needy tsunami-affected areas, particularly Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Maldives.

The first plane landed in Subang, Malaysia where the supplies were transferred to smaller military aircraft provided by the US, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia. From there supplies were flown onto the much smaller airport at Banda Aceh.

The first flight contained 90,882 kilograms of supplies including school-in-a-box kits, emergency health kits, essential medicines and medical supplies, oral rehydration salts, water pumps, water tanks and tents and blankets.  

The free flights will continue until March.

British Airways has a long association with UNICEF, recently celebrating the tenth anniversary of the 'Change for Good' programme, which has raised to date over 18 million pounds ($33 million) from donations of loose change made by British Airways customers. During January, all British Airways 'Change for Good' donations will go to tsunami relief.




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