Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has received relief goods from the United States on board its newest aircraft with the aid destined for victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan. The supplies arrived on the delivery flight of Qatar Airways’ 22nd Boeing 777, into Doha direct from Seattle following a 14-hour journey. Qatar Airways, Boeing and two non-profit organisations – AmeriCares and International Medical Corps – collaborated to bring the relief aid from the United States.
The uplift in the cargo hold of the airline’s newest 777-300 Extended Range aircraft comprised of almost 35,000 pounds of medicine and medical supplies. The aid supplies are to be flown to Islamabad from Doha on three separate Qatar Airways’ commercial flights with the first of these flights departing today. Once arriving in the Pakistan capital, the aid will be distributed by local charity groups throughout the country’s flood-hit regions.
This delivery follows several other consignments of emergency aid sent from the State of Qatar since the outbreak of devastating floods in Pakistan which have affected millions of people across the country. Relief items in this latest shipment are mainly health and medical supplies, including prescription drugs and hygiene kits.
Qatar Airways has extended its heartfelt commitment to the people of Pakistan by volunteering its resources to carry goods and aid, and working with local charities to build a vital relief air bridge from Qatar.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “The devastation that has affected the people of Pakistan is truly tragic, and it is our obligation as an airline to support the transport of much needed relief aid to the country. Together with our partners we hope to make a difference in the lives of those that have been so tragically impacted.”
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 88 aircraft to 92 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia, North America and South America.
During a four-month period from October 2010, the airline’s passenger route network will rise to almost 100 destinations. The additions of Phuket (October 12), Hanoi (November 1), Nice (November 24), Bucharest (January 17), Budapest (January 17) and Brussels (January 31) will strengthen the airline’s network further.
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013, by which time its global network will rise to 120 destinations. The airline has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family of aircraft, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The carrier has aircraft orders for more than 200 jets worth over US$40 billion pending delivery and is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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