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Finnair Cargo to set up field hospitals


Finnair Cargo has become the latest airline to join in the humanitarian relief efforts, flying in 87 tonnes of equipment to the typhoon ravished Philippines to set up field hospitals for the Finnish Red Cross.
Together with its partner Nordic Global Airlines, Finnair operated a flight to Cebu, carrying tents, medical items and equipment for a health clinic, vehicles, pumps and generators, water purification equipment and other relief items, such as blankets, tarpaulins and mosquito nets.
"We are grateful to all our partners, including NGA, Finavia, Transval and our own Finnair Cargo team, for having arranged all permits and operational prerequisites to organise this flight to the Philippines on such a short notice," said Finnair Cargo chief Juha Jarvinen.
In another relief effort, FedEx teamed up with Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International to deliver US$10 million worth of relief aid, weighing 200,000 pounds, from Los Angeles to Cebu. The charter flight included personal care and hygiene items, pharmaceuticals and first aid kits.
"The relief effort to help people in the Philippines presents obvious, huge logistical challenges. FedEx providing its unique airlift, logistics and medical supply-chain technical expertise is just a tremendous boost to Direct Relief's focus on supplying critically-needed medications and medical supplies that have been requested by Filipino partners," Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe.
Other relief came from Cargolux Airlines International, which organised two flights to Manila, carrying a total of 17 tonnes of clothes, blankets, toys and other urgently needed items that were collected by Cargolux employees, the local Philippine community and citizens of Luxembourg.
"The swift response of my Cargolux colleagues and the charity groups in the country never ceases to amaze me. This action is a tribute to the human spirit of Cargolux," said Cargolux CEO Richard Forson.
In addition, IAG Cargo has offered aid agencies the use of a freighter to fly emergency aid and supplies to the Philippines, according to the Shipping Gazette.

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