A400M de­liv­ers first hu­man­i­tar­ian cargo for Malaysia

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The Royal Malaysian Air­force (RMAF), Air­bus and the Span­ish Red Cross have worked to­gether to de­liver a load of hu­man­i­tar­ian goods from Seville, Spain, to the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Red Cross and Red Cres­cent So­ci­eties Asia-Pa­cific Re­gional Of­fice in Malaysia on March 23.

The cargo con­sisted of mos­quito nets, which will be used to pre­vent malaria out­breaks fol­low­ing fu­ture nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in the re­gion. The col­lab­o­ra­tion has been fa­cil­i­tated by the Air­bus Foun­da­tion and utilised the delivery flight of the fourth A400M to the RMAF.

“We are de­lighted that this delivery flight to the Royal Malaysian Air Force has car­ried a load of hu­man­i­tar­ian goods for the Red Cross. This will cer­tainly be the first of many HADR mis­sions, for which this air­craft is de­signed and ide­ally suited and we look for­ward to fur­ther sup­port this in the fu­ture,” added Fer­nando Alonso, Head of Mil­i­tary Air­craft Air­bus De­fence and Space.

The A400M unique abil­ity to fly fur­ther, faster and with heavy loads while op­er­at­ing from short and soft un­paved airstrips, makes it ide­ally adapted to the ge­o­graph­i­cal con­di­tions that are of­ten faced in the con­text of hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions.

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