Airbus Helicopters Foundation has worked with other stakeholders involved in the rescue operation in order to provide necessary helicopter flight hours to humanitarian workers from various agencies so they may reach communities in the most devastated areas of the archipelago.
"Following a severe natural disaster, helicopters are a powerful mean of transportation able to provide the aid needed for those affected by the tragedy," said Guillaume Faury, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and CEO of Airbus Helicopters. "Supported by our onsite partners in doing so, the Airbus Helicopters Foundation is fulfilling its primary mission: helping people for whom helicopters mean rescue and assistance."
With few helicopters available locally to support the operations, the Airbus Helicopters Foundation, supported by Airbus Helicopters representatives in Australia, has partnered with New Zealand operator Garden City Helicopters (also present in the archipelago as the owner of Vanuatu Helicopters Ltd) which has sent an AS350 and a BK117 to help with the ongoing humanitarian aid operation
The AS350 and the BK117 were freighted from New Zealand and arrived in Port Vila on March 20 and the first flight of the AS350 was completed on March 22 for the transportation of medical supplies.
The Airbus Helicopters Foundation continues to provide support to those in Vanuatu as the AS350 and the BK117 continue to work at their service.
More information on the Airbus Helicopters Corporate Foundation
The Airbus Helicopters Corporate Foundation was created in 2012 as a non-profit entity that unites the company’s humanitarian activities under one framework with a focus on emergency response as the helicopter plays a critical role in humanitarian relief work, performing a number of important missions in times of need. The Airbus Helicopters Corporate Foundation works with key partners to identify situations in which helicopters can provide urgent humanitarian aid and respond to natural disasters such as floods, fires or hurricanes.