The Airbus Foundation and Air Senegal have organised their first goodwill flight to transport medical equipment, toys, clothes and books on the airline’s Airbus A330neo.
The aircraft took off from Toulouse airport carrying 13 tonnes of goods donated by Aviation San Frontieres, L’Institut Universitaire du Cancer-Toulouse Oncopole and La Chaîne de l’Espoir to Air Senegal’s base at Blaise-Diagne International Airport in Dakar.
The items will be distributed to the Centre Hospitalier de Saint-Louis du Sénégal and to the Foundation Servir Senegal, which is led by Marème Faye Sall, the first lady of Senegal.
Servir Senegal will use the donation for medical, housing and dietary assistance for the elderly, and the books for children’s education.
Philippe Bohn, CEO of Air Senegal says: “The acceptance of our latest A330neo is made more meaningful as we transport humanitarian goods to those in need. This mission is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the power of cooperation in aviation to bring relief to people in the region.”
Guillaume Faury, president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and member of the Airbus Foundation’s board of directors says: “I am proud that a brand new Airbus aircraft is being delivered with humanitarian goods on board. I welcome Air Senegal to our network of Foundation partners and thank all involved for their logistics support and tireless efforts to make this mission a reality.”