Maximus Air Cargo joined the long list of companies responding to the Haitian earthquake crisis this week in chartering a B747-400 freighter to deliver 100 tonnes of medical supplies, tents and blankets on behalf of the UAE Red Crescent.
With 1,400 flights trying to get into Port-au-Prince, the aircraft flew to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where it was met by a Red Crescent team who had flown ahead to ensure rapid deployment of the aid.
Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent, said: “The urgency to deliver relief aid to Haiti is a matter of life or death right now. The Red Crescent is grateful for the invaluable support offered in getting vital supplies to people in need as quickly as possible.”
In an attempt to reduce costs on behalf of the non-profit charity, Maximus acknowledged the assistance of the Dominican Republic and the Abu Dhabi Airports Company who waived airport landing and parking costs.
Fathi Buhazza Maximus Air Cargo’s President and CEO said, "The situation in Haiti is heartbreaking and relief is desperately needed. Maximus Air Cargo is the exclusive partner of Red Crescent and we are committed to supporting humanitarian initiatives. It is our duty to do all we can at this time and that is exactly what we intend to do.”
According to the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent has already donated $437,500 in cash and supplies for disaster relief in Haiti.