Since renewing their partnership in April 2022, the world’s leading air cargo carrier, Qatar Airways Cargo, and disaster response non-profit, Airlink, have coordinated shipments of humanitarian cargo to an estimated 5.8 million people worldwide.
The organisations have stated they have delivered 58 shipments on behalf of 22 organisations offering $2.1 million in transportation relief, mobilising 351 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to seventeen countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Philippines, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Bangladesh, Turkey, and Syria.
The types of cargo flown include medicines, medical supplies, hospital beds, solar equipment, nutritional supplements, water and sanitation supplies, tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, and food assistance.
The partnership is said to also benefit Airlink’s non-profit partners who assist global communities impacted by disasters and other humanitarian cities around the world.
As part of the renewed contract which is in effect until April 2025, the cargo carrier is expected to mobilise 500 tonnes of relief supplies free of charge.
Guillaume Halleux, chief officer cargo at Qatar Airways, said: “Partnerships are very crucial especially when they are for a noble cause.
“We are glad to support our trusted and qualified partner Airlink to transport humanitarian cargo, thereby impacting millions of lives globally.
“Airfreight plays a critical role in responding to crises and supporting the work of governments and NGOs around the world. With our extensive network, charter capabilities and extensive, young and modern fleet as well as support from our dedicated teams worldwide, we are able to support disaster-stricken areas swiftly.”
“The reach of Qatar Airways Cargo network, and the commitment of the Qatar team, has made it possible for Airlink and our partner network of humanitarian organisations to greatly expand the number of places and people we can help.”