Care By Air

Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan (left) with Maximus Air Cargo President and CEO Fathi Hilal Al Buhazza and ADAC’s Senior Vice President Operations Ahmed Al Haddabi who pledged their support as founding members by signing a memorandum of understanding.

Airports International reports on how several UAE-based companies have launched a breakthrough humanitarian initiative.

Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan (left) with Maximus Air Cargo President and CEO Fathi Hilal Al Buhazza and ADAC’s Senior Vice President Operations Ahmed Al Haddabi who pledged their support as founding members by signing a memorandum of understanding.

On November 16 a ground-breaking humanitarian relief aid initiative from the UAE was unveiled at the Dubai Air Show.  Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest air cargo solutions provider joined forces with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), to launch ‘Care by Air’.  Supporting members included the UAE Red Crescent and the United Nation World Food Programme (WFP).
Maximus Air Cargo President and CEO Fathi Hilal Al Buhazza, together with Etihad Airways’ CEO James Hogan and ADAC’s Senior Vice President Operations Ahmed Al Haddabi, pledged their support as founding members by signing a memorandum of understanding.  The document was also signed by supporting members represented by Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority and Finbarr Curran, Country Director of the United Nations World Food Programme.
According to IATA figures, only 70% of the maximum cargo loading capacity is used across the world. This translates to four million tonnes of empty space, every week, every year in more than 3,400 airports across 220 countries.  If just 0.0003% of this space was to be filled, then five million people in need could be fed for a day.  These facts provided the rationale for Care by Air and the idea to expedite relief aid across the world within a sound commercial framework.
Care by Air will provide cargo services to relief and humanitarian groups at cost across its network of partner organisations and businesses, ensuring the distribution of aid and vital supplies in times of need.  With Maximus, Etihad Airways and ADAC already on board as founding members, and strong supporting members such as UAE Red Crescent and the UN World Food Programme, it is expected that further partner organisations will soon join the worthy cause.  They are likely to include airlines, cargo companies, commercial parties, auditors, oil and gas companies and airports.
James Hogan, Chief Executive of Etihad Airways said at the launch: “As the national airline of the UAE we are uniquely placed to support the Emirate’s humanitarian aid initiatives both in our community and further afield.  We are proud to work alongside local partners as part of Care by Air.”
Adding to this, ADAC’s Senior Vice President Operations, Ahmed Al Haddabi, underscored the commitment of Abu Dhabi Airports Company saying: “With a sustainable business model behind it, ‘Care by Air’ represents a perfect example of how private and public businesses can work together for mutual benefit, and play an active role in supporting humanitarian programmes.  I hope that our efforts will demonstrate to many other companies how they can creatively and financially integrate a social responsibility agenda into the fabric of their organisations.”
Finbarr Curran, UAE Country Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted the enormous potential of public-private partnerships and welcomed the opportunity to work with such respected companies.  Expressing his enthusiasm for the initiative, he conveyed WFP’s interest in developing the concept in innovative ways.
Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent also underscored the value of such a partnership: “The UAE Red Crescent’s mission is to mobilise humanitarian forces to aid those in need.  Care by Air is an ideal opportunity to co-operate and partner with organisations in the UAE to facilitate this worthy mission and we are very proud to be a part of it.”
Finally, Fathi Hilal Buhazza, Maximus Air Cargo’s president and CEO summed up: “Maximus Air Cargo’s commitment to humanitarian and relief operations is passionate and working alongside our Care by Air partners, we are proud to launch such a worthy cause from the UAE continuing in the footsteps of the greatest humanitarian of all, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan
Al Nahyan.”
 
 
MAXIMUS AIR CARGO
Maximus Air Cargo, an Abu Dhabi Aviation Group company, was established in 2005 to provide tailored solutions for moving outsized cargo.  After operating for just over four years in the region, it is now a significant regional air cargo carrier and cargo aircraft wet lease operator, employing more than 175 staff and operating a fleet of eight all-cargo Antonov An-124-100, Airbus A300-600RF, Ilyushin IL-76TD, and Lockheed Hercules L382G aircraft across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.  Maximus currently runs regular scheduled cargo services on behalf of Etihad Crystal Cargo and is the appointed exclusive air relief support partner for the UAE Red Crescent.
 
ETIHAD AIRWAYS
Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates based in the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi.  Etihad offers flights to more than 55 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia, and Etihad Crystal Cargo operates a fleet of three freighter aircraft which includes two Airbus A300-600s and an MD 11.

 
ABU DHABI AIRPORTS COMPANY (ADAC)
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government.  It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on March 4, 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure.
In September 2006, ADAC took over responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain international Airports.  In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen private jet airport, formerly Al Bateen military air base, and Sir Baniyas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio.  These airports all serve different segments of the marketplace and help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently underway is the large-scale AED 25 (US$6.8) billion re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 20 million passengers per year.  As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

 
THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations’ frontline agency mandated to combat global hunger.  WFP operations aim to deliver food in the right time in the right place to save refugees from man-made and natural disasters.

 
UAE RED CRESCENT
The UAE Red Crescent was founded in 1983 to provide leadership and excellence in humanitarian work to those in need.  It provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies across the globe.  Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Chairman of the Commission and HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak as Honorary President we continue to pledge and mobilise UAE support in the field of humanitarian support.