Cebu Pacific (CEB), in cooperation with the Airbus Corporate Foundation and Aviation Sans Frontières, transported 2.4 tonnes of donations including clothing and medical supplies, on-board its newest A330 aircraft. The aircraft took off from Toulouse, France on Tuesday 10th March and landed in Manila on Wednesday 11thMarch.
The donations loaded in CEB’s new A330 include new clothes and shoes for children and babies, teddy bears, pens, and schoolbooks, as well as blankets and small medical supplies. These will be forwarded to communities affected by severe flooding and typhoons in the Philippines. The donations were collected by Aviation sans Frontières and destined for World Vision, an international non-governmental organisation and its Development Foundation.
Aviation sans Frontières has been a regular partner of the Airbus Foundation since 2008 for flights from Toulouse. This non-governmental organisation supports Airbus humanitarian ferry flights from France to countries in need or which have been affected by natural disasters.
“We are honoured to be working with the Airbus Foundation and Aviation sans Frontières on our second humanitarian delivery flight. Our acceptance of Cebu Air’s sixth Airbus A330 is made more meaningful as we transport much needed relief goods to the Philippines,” said Alex Reyes, general manager, Cebu Air Long Haul Division.
With this delivery, CEB now operates a fleet of 55 aircraft comprised of 10 A319, 31 A320, six A330 and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2015 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of seven more brand-new A320 and 30 A321neo aircraft.
“Delivery flights of new aircraft are a perfect way to help deserving causes in our customers’ countries. We would like to thank Cebu Air and Aviation Sans Frontières, our partner organisations involved in this project for their logistics support. Without their tireless efforts, this new mission would not have been possible,” said Fabrice Brégier, chief executive officer of Airbus.
The Airbus Foundation was created to facilitate charitable activities worldwide within an international network of employees and partners. The organisation focuses on supporting humanitarian missions worldwide and youth development in its local communities. Since its launch in December 2008, the Airbus Corporate Foundation has facilitated 40 relief or goodwill flights to numerous destinations around the globe.