Western Global Airlines has joined forces with Network Airline Management and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to fly relief into cyclone-hit Madagascar. On March 17, the carrier, based at Estero in Southwest Florida, airlifted 175,000 pounds of humanitarian supplies from Liège, Belgium, to Ivato International Airport in the capital Antananarivo, for UNICEF aboard one of its MD-11 freighters.
Western Global Airlines MD-11 freighter airlifting humanitarian supplies to Madagascar
Cyclone Enawo caused significant damage along the island’s northeastern coast on March 7 and over 5,000 people are still unable to return to their homes following the storm. The cargo consisted of medical emergency supplies, educational material and other essential items.
The airline’s president and chief executive, Jim Neff, commented: “Our fleet of planes and team of dedicated professionals are standing by 24/7 to do the impossible, in order to bring a positive outcome to those in need.”
Western Global operates a freighter fleet of 16 wide-body aircraft, and routinely provides flights and assistance during natural disasters or other crises. It recently delivered life-critical medicines and supplies to Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and flew more missions than any other airline to support the global effort to fight Ebola in West Africa.
Chief Innovation Officer Sunny Neff added: “Our goal at Western Global Airlines is to set the standard in the global airfreight industry, and this mission goes beyond just business. There is a great need for humanitarian flying around the world, and our team is proud to advocate worldwide for our fellow neighbors everywhere. It is a top priority for us.”