Emirates Airline, Boeing and US-based non-profit organisation Another Joy Foundation have partnered to transport a consignment of critically-needed blankets and sleeping bags on board the airline’s newly delivered B777-300ER to underprivileged people in Iraq who are not equipped to face the bitterly cold weather conditions.
This is the sixth time since 2009 that Boeing and Emirates have collaborated to transport humanitarian aid to countries to the underprivileged in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia. The shipment was picked up in Dubai by Iraqi Airways in coordination with the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation and then distributed to the underprivileged.
“There is a dire need for winter gear such as blankets and sleeping bags in Iraq especially for the hundreds of thousands who have been displaced this year in the country,” said Elizabeth Warman, director of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest region. “Through these collaborative efforts with our customers and non-governmental agencies such as Another Joy Foundation, we hope to bring some measure of relief and hope to people in need around the world.”
“Our long standing relationship with Boeing has been further cemented by this wonderful initiative that helps enhance the lives of the less fortunate around the world,” said Tim Clark, president of Emirates. “We are glad to work with Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flight programme and Another Joy Foundation, to utilise the maiden flight of one of our new B777-300ERs in bringing critical humanitarian cargo to aid those in need.”