HONG KONG — Airlink, a disaster response organization that links airlines with pre-qualified nonprofits, will honor key partners Cathay Pacific and Etihad Airways at the Airline Economics conference in Hong Kong for their efforts to support relief efforts in Nepal following the earthquake in April of this year.
“We are pleased to recognize both Cathay Pacific and Etihad Airways for their dedication and support for nonprofit partners responding in the aftermath of the earthquake,” commented Steve Smith, Executive Director of Airlink. “Both of these airlines, as well as British Airways and United Airlines, provided overwhelming support to our nonprofit partners, enabling fast and sustained humanitarian support following this disaster.”
The presentation of the awards will take place during the Aviation 100 Asia Pacific Awards dinner at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on November 3, 2015, as part of the Airline Economics’ Growth Frontiers Hong Kong 2015 Conference. The awards dinner will be sponsored by Engine Lease Finance Corporation, and Airlink will be the sole charity partner of the event. “We are grateful to Philip Tozer-Pennington and Aviation News Online for providing Airlink with the opportunity to recognize our partners, generating greater exposure for the organization and for the good that the aviation industry can do through Airlink,” said Steve Smith.
Through the generosity of British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, and United Airlines, Airlink enabled air lift for 80 nonprofit relief workers and three search-and-rescue dogs responding to the country-wide destruction caused by the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit Nepal in April 2015. Their work impacted the lives of thousands, providing the Nepalese people with medical care, water and hygiene services, and shelter, both in the immediate aftermath of the quake and continuing for months afterwards.
Airlink remains committed to helping the aviation industry and nonprofit organizations utilize air transportation to deliver humanitarian aid across the globe and looks forward to working with Cathay Pacific and Etihad Airways on future missions.