Western Global flies to aid of stricken islanders

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.
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.” 

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest airlines news

Cargolux and DSV Panalpina to increase China freighter services

By Damian Brett

Cargolux and DSV Panalpina will increase freighter capacity to China over the coming weeks as production lines resume operations. The…

Read More

Share this story

Qatar Cargo freighters join coronavirus relief efforts

By Damian Brett

Five Qatar Airways Cargo freighters departed to China today carrying approximately 300 tonnes of medical supplies donated by the airline…

Read More

Share this story

Airlines’ revenues set to take a $30bn hit due to coronavirus

By Damian Brett

Airline revenues could take a $29.3bn hit as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to IATA’s latest assessment. IATA…

Read More

Share this story