THE HAGUE–Large, internationally operating companies are showing their commitment to devastated St. Maarten/St. Martin and sending supplies. Boskalis from the Netherlands and the Airbus Foundation from France announced separately on Wednesday that they are bringing a large cargo to the island.
The Airbus Foundation and the French Red Cross have sent an Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft with 30 tonnes of emergency goods and 84 medical personnel from France to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, from where the transport will take place to St. Martin and St. Barths. Some of the goods will be distributed on other affected islands as well.
The relief equipment consists of generators, water sanitation machines, solar lamps, beds, and mosquito netting. The aircraft left Toulouse Wednesday morning to fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle to load 30 tonnes and 84 medical personnel provided by the French Red Cross. The A350 XWB took off to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe where it is expected to arrive today, Wednesday at 6:30pm in Guadeloupe. The aircraft will bring back nearly 200 people evacuated from the impacted islands.
“We’ve all seen the devastation left in the wake of hurricane Irma and I speak for everyone at Airbus in wishing those who have lost so much a speedy recovery,” said Member of the Board of Directors of the Airbus Foundation and President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft Fabrice Brégier. “Providing swift relief is the least we can and must do.”
In the aftermaths of hurricane Irma several products of Airbus have been deployed by governments to bring relief to the devastated region: The German, British and French governments have used the A400M to transport emergency goods and personnel on three A400M to the Caribbean, the German Airforce sent an A340 to Florida bringing technical and logistical relief equipment.
Furthermore, satellite imagery has been provided to disaster response organisations via the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters….
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