Washington, D.C
4/11/2013

In an effort to help raise awareness of its support of the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the world with key potential airline partners, Airlink is pleased to have been selected as the sole charity partner of the Airlines in Transition Summit 2013 taking place in Dublin, Ireland, April 11-12, 2013.  Airlink will also exhibit at the Summit and will present to attendees on the first day.

“We appreciate CAPA’s invitation to have a presence at the Summit.  Along with presenting our program, the event affords us the opportunity to network with CEOs and aviation professionals which will help us drive membership for the Airlink program,” said Steve Smith, Executive Director of Airlink.  “We also hope to communicate our message to airline leaders that Airlink is a program that streamlines the evaluation process an airline conducts before deciding to support humanitarian initiatives around the globe,” continued Smith.  “Airlink’s free, web-based program, will match vetted Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with flights on a regional or world-wide basis, responding to needs for cargo or passenger space for disaster relief or developmental aid.  It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved,” concluded Smith.

The Airlines in Transition Summit 2013 will have a charity component. A silent auction will take place at the Airlink table in the demonstration area and will be held during the course of the Summit. Prizes include a CAPA membership, airline tickets and other select items.

 The Airlines in Transition Summit 2013 is organized by CAPA, the Centre for Aviation, and Airline Leader, the strategy journal for airline CEOs.  The Summit will be a unique two-day forum for airline CEOs to debate the future direction of the airline industry.  It will bring together the heads of leading low-cost and full-service airlines in an informal and high quality setting.  As low-cost airlines evolve and take on more of the characteristics of the full service carriers and each seeks to connect more effectively to the other, a whole array of legal, operational, strategic, commercial and technological issues arise.

Airlink is proud to be the charity partner for this event. Further details about the conference can be found at http://centreforaviation.com/ or to register online, please visit http://centreforaviation.com/events/airlines-in-transition-2013/ .

Airlink is the first-and-only, free, web-based program that connects non-governmental charitable organizations (NGOs) with airlines throughout the world which can supply donated or discounted passenger or cargo transportation.  Since its inception in 2009 as a humanitarian initiative of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Foundation, Airlink has helped charities source transportation needs for their efforts and has been active during several recent disasters including Hurricane Sandy, Haiti earthquake, Japan tsunami and the earthquake in Turkey.  Currently, Airlink has 20 airlines and 60 NGOs participating in the program. The program depends on volunteers from the aviation community and new volunteers are always welcome.

For more information, visit www.airlinkflight.org.  Click through to Airlink’s Partners and view a current list of Airline and NGO Participants.