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Relief agencies partner with carriers to send Philippines aid

By control on November 21, 2013

“In a time like this, our teams around the world are operating on high alert. Taking various factors into consideration – documentation, customs, slots, fuel and ground handling, etc. – we tap into our global network to deliver the best air charter solution that can deliver relief supplies to the Philippines,” Chris Vandenplas, country manager at Chapman Freeborn Belgium, said.

FedEx Corp., Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International teamed up to deliver more than US$10 million (7.4 million euros) worth of relief aid. The shipment, containing nearly 200,000 pounds (90,718 kilograms), is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles on Nov. 23.

The FedEx charter flight will fly personal care and hygiene items, pharmaceuticals and first aid kits to Cebu.

“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,” Thomas Tighe, president and CEO of Direct Relief, said. “We are deeply thankful that FedEx, as it has so often in emergencies with Direct Relief, has taken such a huge step to help Filipinos who have survived a brutal event and are in critical need of assistance.”