Rolls-Royce Engineers Night of Hope in Support of Disaster Survivors

Global aviation leaders attending gala benefitting humanitarian relief charity Airlink raise more than $200,000


This fall, 250 business leaders from the aviation leasing and finance sectors came together in support of disaster relief charity Airlink. A charity dinner hosted by Rolls-Royce was held at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised more than $220,000 for the charity.

As part of its mission to mobilize the aviation community in times of disaster, Airlink partners with charity aid organizations and airlines to move relief workers and emergency supplies into devastated communities. The organization has been responding to disasters on three continents, including fires, earthquakes and hurricanes in North America, landslides in Africa and flooding in Asia.

“Multiple rapid-onset disasters occurring within weeks of each other, coupled with ongoing humanitarian crises, have created tremendous need,” said Steve Smith, Airlink executive director. “Because of the generosity of Rolls-Royce, event sponsors and attendees, we will be able to provide transportation solutions resulting in people receiving lifesaving and life-improving help across the globe.”

The funds raised from the event will further enable Airlink to bring medicines, water purification equipment, shelter and other critical supplies and response expertise to people and communities in need.  That outcome is exactly what event organizer Rolls-Royce had in mind when they solicited customers and fellow industry leaders to participate in the gala.

 “We are extremely grateful for the support of our customers who quickly understood the need for the aviation industry to get together at this critical time for Airlink,” said Simon Goodson, senior vice president of Rolls-Royce’s Civil Aerospace lessors customer team.  

Goodson’s colleague, Dominic Horwood, director of customers and services for Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, agreed: “We are proud to have played a part in an evening that went beyond all expectations in terms raising valuable funds to support the great work Airlink is doing.”

The event was emceed by well-known Scottish impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner and featured dinner, a band, a presentation about Airlink and the auctioning of a ride in a Rolls Royce Spitfire.

Sponsors of the event were: AerCap, Aircastle Limited, Air Lease Corporation, Altavair LLC, Amedeo, Apollo Aviation Group, Avolon, AWAS Aviation as DAE Capital, BBAM LLC, CDB Leasing, Engine Lease Finance Corporation, GA Telesis, IBA Group LTD, Jackson Square Aviation, Lease Corporation International Limited, Rolls-Royce Partners & Finance, and SMBC Aviation Capital.

To learn more about Airlink and its work to deliver relief supplies and emergency responders, visit www.airlinkflight.org.