MASkargo Celebrates Second A330-200F With 40 Tonnes Of Humanitarian Aid Lifted For Africa
Sepang, 15 November 2011 – MASkargo, the air cargo arm of Malaysian Airlines celebrated the second arrival of its A330-200F with 40 tonnes of nutrient-rich supplements (food bars) flown to Dubai from the Airbus assembly point in Toulouse.
The flight which is a collaborative effort between the Airbus Corporate Foundation and Action Contre La Faim, will be beneficial and lifesaving for malnourished children and adults in East Africa.
Founded in France in 1979, Action Contre la Faim (with its international counterpart Action Against Hunger / ACF International) is recognised as an international humanitarian organization with a critical mission to fight against world hunger and malnutrition. The non-profit, non-religious organisation has established an international network to deliver life-saving programmes in some 45 countries, specialising in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity.
Action Against Hunger is using its Dubai base to capitalise on the emirates strategic location from which to serve a coordinated global effort in response to emergency situations elsewhere in the world. This issue affects approximately one billion people across the globe, particularly in the Eastern region known as the Horn of Africa, afflicted by a severe drought and facing one of the worst humanitarian hunger crises in years with over 12 million people impacted.
Captain Raja Yazid Bin Raja Jallaludin of MASkargo said: “MASkargo is happy to be part of this joint relief effort. That we are using our second A330 freighter fresh from the handover is a bonus as the aircraft starts its service on a really good note! Over the years, MASkargo has been very active in relief efforts for catastrophes worldwide.”
Tom Enders, Chairman of the Airbus Corporate Foundation and President and CEO of Airbus, said: “Thanks to MASkargo, the Airbus Corporate Foundation has been able to support Action Against Hunger, in another great example of how aviation can contribute to humanitarian relief and help people in need in a very tangible way. Since it commenced operations in December 2008, the Foundation has coordinated twenty relief flights.”
Erland Egiziano, Logistics Director Action Against Hunger, said: “The food being delivered today by the Airbus Corporate Foundation is vital in restoring dignity, selfsufficiency and independence for vulnerable communities and saving the lives of children and their families in East Africa”.
The A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter and can carry 70 tonnes of payload, and offer a range of up to 4,000nm. For MASkargo, the aircraft’s performance and flexibility will enable direct freight services from its Kuala Lumpur base to destinations across Asia, with onward capability to Australasia, Europe or the US.
MASkargo took the first delivery of the A330-200F freighters on September 15th, 2011 and the remaining two airplanes are scheduled for delivery in January 2012 and April 2012.