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BA delivers lifeline to disaster stricken Haiti

18th January 2010 Print

A relief aircraft donated by British Airways has delivered emergency supplies and equipment to earthquake stricken Haiti.

The Boeing 747 with capacity for up to 50 tonnes of cargo was flown out to the region on 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, along with the £250,000 cost of the aircraft including fuel costs.

Prior to the aircraft’s depart, 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."