We bring our projects and resources to the humanitarian-aid community to help alleviate some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from environmental projects to relief flights.
Serving worthwhile causes
The new Airbus Foundation integrates the activities of all the Group's Divisions. Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters are each uniquely suited to provide resources that can bolster our partners’ endeavours.
By combing the products and know-how available across our Group, we can make a positive impact on today’s complex world. In addition to our Airbus aircraft and Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft, Airbus Defence and Space’s shelters and communications services are a real advantage in emergency situations
Employees making a difference
The Group’s support for victims of conflicts and natural disasters does not end there: internal fundraising campaigns are also organised to support IFRC actions.
In 2014 and 2015 alone, Airbus employees have donated hundreds of thousands of Euros to Red Cross national societies in support of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, the fight against Ebola, and earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. In some cases, these generous donations have even been matched by the Foundation.
Our activities in Haiti and in Nepal exemplify how the coordination of Group wide resources under the Airbus Foundation can have profound effects. Contributions from all three Divisions helped the Foundation’s relief efforts following the hurricane Matthew (Haiti - October 2016) and the 7.9 magnitude earthquake (Nepal - April 2015), with Airbus organizing relief flights with delivery aircraft, Airbus Helicopters providing helicopter-based solutions to affected areas, and Airbus Defence and Space using satellite imagery to help assess the extent of the damage.
Read more about the Group’s actions in Haiti & Nepal
Airbus Foundation Humanitarian Flight Programme
Airbus Foundation has a global network of airlines and relief organisations to support humanitarian causes. Through the Airbus Foundation Humanitarian Flight Programme, the Foundation offers a service to Airbus customers to use the delivery of their new aircraft and contribute to humanitarian efforts.
Through the Airbus Foundation Humanitarian Flight Programme, we help the humanitarian community reduce its high logistics costs and we deliver medical and school supplies, food, water sanitation equipment, toys, clothing and emergency response units, (e.g. kitchen sets, logistics and medical personnel, household kits) to the most vulnerable all around the world.
Airbus Foundation works hand in hand with local NGOs and airline customers in order to transport goods utilising what would otherwise be an empty fight. Whether it is a country hit by a disaster, an under-equipped school in Africa or a hospital in Asia, the Foundation’s role is to link an NGO with an Airbus customer and send the necessary supplies to the destination in need.
Since 2008, the Airbus Foundation has facilitated the delivery of 650 tons of aid materials to 6 regions on 48 humanitarian flights.
If you are an airline and are interested to take part in the Airbus Foundation relief flights programme, please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airbus Foundation's global network of airlines to support humanitarian causes
Airbus Foundation relief flights in 2016 and 2015
Haiti, October 2016
On 11 October, the Airbus Foundation, in collaboration with Action Against Hunger (ACF), used an Airbus A330 test aircraft to transport approximately 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid collected by ACF to Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The goods included water sanitation equipment, stocks of drinking water, household kits and family hygiene packs.
Hanoi, December 2015
Airbus Foundation used the delivery of Vietnam Airlines’ fourth A350 XWB to transport a selection of toys, games and books from Toulouse to the Hanoi Heart Hospital in Vietnam. The gifts come from a collection organised by Aviation Sans Frontières in France and from donations raised through the “Give for Kids” programme, an Airbus employee initiative for Toulouse-based Airbus and Airbus employees.
Nepal, April 2015
A 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal on April 25, the worst in more than 80 years. The Airbus Foundation coordinated with the French Government’s Crisis Centre to transport 50 humanitarian staff, 21 tonnes of food and medical aid from Paris to Kathmandu onboard an Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft.
Philippines, March 2015
The Airbus Foundation and Aviation Sans Frontières have transported clothing and medical supplies to Manila from Toulouse aboard the delivery flight of Cebu Air’s latest A330-300 aircraft. The 2.4 tonnes of delivered goods include new clothes and shoes for children, toys, school supplies, blankets and medical supplies, much needed in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Malawi, February 2015
When Cyclone Bansi hit Malawi in mid-January, floods left hundreds dead, over 120,000 individuals homeless and crops devastated. The Airbus Foundation, in collaboration with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) used an Airbus A330 test aircraft to transport 33 tonnes of equipment (some, 3,000 kitchen sets, 9,000 mosquito nets and 4,000 tarpaulins) from Las Palmas, Spain to Lilongwe, Malawi.
Chile, April 2015
An H125 rotorcraft chartered by the Airbus Helicopters Foundation joined rescue activity in Northern Chile’s Atacama Desert region, where the heaviest rainfall in 80 years caused massive flooding and landslides. This rotorcraft transported search and rescue personnel and was also available for flights to locate those trapped or isolated by the natural disaster.
Vanuatu, April 2015
The Airbus Helicopters Foundation in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia.
Airbus Foundation and the environment
The Airbus Foundation Biodiversity Programme is a transnational initiative that engages the Group’s employees in biodiversity conservation, with a focus on India.
Over the last five years, teams of Airbus’ employees have been travelling to this country. They live and work together for periods of a few weeks in remote locations in southern India, constructing biogas plants with tribal communities.
The biogas plants decrease the need for firewood being taken from protected forest areas. Not only does biogas generate much-needed energy for these villages, it also generates income: families sell the milk and fertiliser produced by the cows integral to the plant’s success.
Our Partners for biodiversity
Extending the biogas plants in India
The 2015-2016 Biodiversity Programme builds upon the work of these past years, focusing now only on Airbus employees based in India. The Centre for Environment Education – supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of India – and the Centre for Tribals and Rural Development Trust, an NGO in the State of Tamil Nadu, are partners in this project.