A-350XWB aircraft flies 30 tonnes of relief goods and medical personnel to Guadeloupe
Toulouse, France - Airbus Foundation and French Red Cross bring equipment to victims of hurricane "Irma"
The Airbus Foundation and the French Red Cross have sent an A-350XWB test aircraft with 30 tonnes of emergency goods and 84 medical personnel from France, to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. The relief equipment consisted of generators, water sanitation machines, solar lamps, beds, and mosquito netting. These are destined to the victims of hurricane "Irma" on the islands Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélémy and for later distribution to multiple islands in the Caribbean. The aircraft left Toulouse in the morning of 13 September to fly to Paris-"Charles de Gaulle" to load 30 tonnes and 84 medical personnel provided by the French Red Cross. The A-350 XWB took off to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe at 15:45 local time and is expected to arrive at 18:30 local time at the airport of Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. It brought back nearly 200 people evacuated from the impacted islands. 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 A-400M to transport emergency goods and personnel on three A-400M to the Caribbean, the German Airforce sent an A-340 to Florida bringing technical and logistical relief equipment. Furthermore, satellite imagery has been provided to disaster response organizations via the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. Airbus Aerial is providing insurance companies free initial access to its library of aerial base maps and data analytics of the affected regions to speed insurance claim processing. Helicopter operators in the area have been contacted and are ready to perform assessments and other missions upon request. See for details AVIONEWS.
World Aeronautical Press Agency