Humanitarian support

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

Gina DieuAirbus Foundation Operations Manager

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.

A330 crew reflief flight Airbus Foundation Haiti
Following the Hurricane Matthew that hit Haiti on 4 October, the Airbus Foundation fused its activities, products, and know-how across the Group’s Divisions to help relieve the impacted areas.

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

Emirates A380 being loaded prior to a relief flight

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.

Partners logos humanitarian flights
Partners logos humanitarian flights

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


Airbus Foundation's global network of airlines to support humanitarian causes

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Airbus Foundation and the environment

Several groups of Airbus employees have been building biogas plants in the Indian rural areas of Kadalakolly and Kudimery since 2010.

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.