**SkyTeam Founding Member Commits to Send First Responders To Disaster Zones**
MEXICO CITY — Airlink is proud to announce a partnership with Aeromexico that will provide disaster relief airlift to responders in times of crisis. This expansion means that Airlink’s Disaster Response Network will now include Aeromexico’s route system, including 86 destinations spanning four continents. This partnership will allow Airlink to not only respond in Mexico, but to connect their relief efforts with Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
“Aeromexico’s commitment will add a vital piece to our network in Latin America, a very important region for Airlink. We could not respond in life-threatening situations without partners like Aeromexico,” said Steven Smith, Executive Director of Airlink. “Aviation is a force for good and airlines want to help the communities in which they serve. Providing disaster assistance will allow Aeromexico to fulfill that charge.”
“Airlink’s demonstrated ability to pull together and inform the aviation community during a disaster response was critical in our decision to align with them,“ Rodrigo Serrat, Corporate Social Responsibility Director of Aeromexico. “Near the anniversary of World Humanitarian Day, it is important for Aeromexico and its staff to make alliances that allow us to have a better and bigger impact in the communities in which we operate, and we think this partnership is an important step.”
The future of Airlink lies in pulling together the aviation sector to leverage its unique resources to help those in need. As Airlink continues to build its airline and NGO partner network, its ability to respond and support global disaster response efforts increases. That means more people can be helped.
Airlink is a 24/7, rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization that links pre-qualified nonprofits with partner airlines for passenger and cargo transportation. Airlink’s rapid response business model supports the delivery of the right aid to the right people at the right time. With a global air transportation network that is constantly expanding as crises and natural disasters continue to occur around the world, Airlink has supported humanitarian initiatives on every continent. Since its inception in 2010, Airlink’s airline partners have flown over 3,700 passengers and transported approximately 2,500,000 pounds of aid cargo. For more information, please visit www.airlinkflight.org.
Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights and its main hub is in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its destinations network features more than 80 cities on three continents, including 45 destinations in Mexico, 17 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, four in Europe, three in Canada and two in Asia.
The Group’s fleet of about 130 aircraft is comprised of Boeing 787, 777 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 145, 170, 175 and 190 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX B737 jet airliners and 10 B787-9 Dreamliners.
As a founding member of SkyTeam, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 177 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 672 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel on its codeshare partner flights with Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines and Westjet with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru. www.aeromexico.com / www.skyteam.com