British Airways

British Airways Offers Lifeline

Press Release   •   Jan 15, 2010 14:44 GMT

British Airways has offered aid agencies a relief aircraft to fly emergency supplies and equipment to earthquake stricken Haiti.

A Boeing 747 with capacity for up to 50 tonnes of cargo is standing by to fly to the region tomorrow (Saturday January 16) crewed by volunteer British Airways pilots and cabin crew.  

The airline has also pledged £300,000 from its UNICEF* Change For Good Programme and the £250,000 cost of the aircraft including fuel costs.

British Airways' chief executive Willie Walsh, said: "The situation in Haiti is desperate and we must do what we can to help. We have a Boeing 747 crewed and ready to fly and volunteer staff from across the airline prepared to support the rescue effort.  Time is of the essence and we must move swiftly to help those devastated by this disaster."

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Notes to Editors

·     The UNICEF Change for Good programme is funded through donations of small change and spare currency from customers on board British Airways aircraft.

·     Change for Good has funded projects in 56 countries.