Airbus Foundation sent humanitarian aid to those affected by the Beirut explosion, together with partners Association Les Amis Du Liban-Toulouse, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, the Municipal Council of Toulouse, the German Red Cross/Bayer AG and Aviation sans Frontières, a press release confirmed.
A fully loaded Airbus A350 XWB aircraft departed Toulouse, France to bring 90 cubic metres of cargo, including some medicines, masks, school items, electrical products and IT equipment.
The delivery will be distributed to the Saint George Hospital University Medical Center in Beirut, the local association Arc de Ciel and the Lebanese Red Cross, Airbus said.
Meanwhile, 11 Lebanese students joined the return flight to France to continue their studies, as part of an initiative organised by Les Amis Du Liban-Toulouse.
Airbus said it provided satellite imagery to analyse the damage and helped agencies and first responders gain visibility into the catastrophe immediately after the 4 August blast.
“We’ve all seen the devastation left in the wake of the explosion in Beirut and we, at Airbus, wish the people and the city of Beirut a speedy recovery,” said Julie Kitcher, Airbus EVP communications and corporate affairs.
“I thank our partners and the A350 flight crew involved in this project for their logistics support and their dedication. Without their tremendous efforts, this special mission would not have been possible,” she added.