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Airlink Continues Its Response to 2017 Caribbean Hurricanes
Nurses Conduct Health Screenings for 9,000 Students in USVI
President Clinton Applauds Airlink
President Clinton Applauds Airlink Commitments to Disaster Preparedness and Response
Airlink joins commitments to preposition relief efforts and transport school nurses for Caribbean recovery
and other organizations for their Commitments to Action at the …read more...
Airlink Announces Leadership Changes, Organizational Growth
Steven J. Smith named President & CEO, Jon Sharp joins Board
WASHINGTON, DC— The Airlink Board of Trustees names Steven J. Smith President and CEO. The change reflects the organization’s operational growth and Steve’s successes as Airlink’s Executive Director since joining the team in 2013.
Airlink’s programming and impact have evolved to new levels under Steve’s leadership, delivering …read more...
Airlink and InterAction NGO Community Announce CEO Pledge...
Airlink and InterAction NGO Community Announce CEO Pledge on Preventing Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment
Senior Leaders Endorse Steps to Protect Staff and Local Communities
WASHINGTON— Airlink joins InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in every developing country in the world, in announcing a pledge signed by 116 members to …read more...
Industry Voices for Airlink
Over the next few months, the Airlink team will be sharing a series of testimonials from some of our leading advocates and supporters across the aviation industry.
The first in ourseries is ISTAT President and Deutsche Bank Managing Director, Doug Runte.
We thank ISTAT and the ISTAT Foundation for their integral roles as the founders of Airlink in 20…read more...
A Look Back at Haiti: 8 Years Since Airlink’s Founding and First Response
“Every building was just rubble,” recalls Airlink President & Board Chairman Robert Brown of his 2010 visit to Haiti.
Eight years ago, the 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit 15 miles from Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince, killing more than 100,000 people and displacing
The devastating event prompted the response of countless organizations and the…read more...
Airlink Delivers Medical Workers to Bangladesh as Rohingya Crisis Grows
Emirates Airline Foundation supports growing need for healthcare in swelling Rohingya refugee camps
WASHINGTON, DC – Nonprofit disaster response organization Airlink is answering the urgent need for medical workers in Rohingya refugee camps with new NGO partner Medical Teams International (MTI). Recent reports of highly contagious diphtheria, a spike in measles cases, and a lack of basic medi…read more...
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 was held at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised more than $220,000 for the charity.… read more...
Airlink Launches Relief Flight to Aid Hurricane Survivors in Puerto Rico, Other Island Communities
Flight with 31 tons of emergency supplies leaves Miami today for San Juan
As Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands continue their recovery from the devastating impacts of hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria, international relief charity Airlink is launching a flight carrying 31 tons of relief supplies. The flight transporting emergency cargo for five charity aid organizations will leave Miami fo…read more...
Airlink Responds to California Wildfires, United Matches Donations
California officials say 42 people have lost their lives as wildfires continue to rage through Northern California. More than 200,000 acres of land and thousands of structures have burned in Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte and Solano counties.
As first responders are making progress containing the fires, we have begun transporting relief workers and volunteers to impacted communities. Th…read more...
Hurricane Relief Flight Brings Help to Puerto Rico
Medical Supplies, Generators, and Support for Children Sent
As Puerto Rico continues its long road to recovery following Hurricane Maria, we have launched a plane carrying 15 tons of relief supplies to address critical needs. The Boeing 767, carrying supplies for MedShare, World Hope International and Save the Children, left Miami yesterday for San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Food Aid to Sierra Leone
Three days of heavy rains in Sierra Leone triggered flash floods and landslides in and around the capital of Freetown on 14 August. The disaster resulted in more than 1,000 fatalities and the displacement of 10,000 people.
With the help of discounted air transport from Brussels Airlines, Airlink supported the response of charity partners Rise Against Hunger and Waves for Water, who provided fo…read more...
Operation Airlift Caribbean Underway
As food and water shortages, lack of medical supplies, damaged infrastructure and a new hurricane plague Caribbean communities hard hit by Hurricane Irma, disaster relief c…read more...
Airlink and United Partner to Send Three Tons of Medical Supplies to Hard-Hit Caribbean
Special humanitarian flight carries medicine and supplies for Americares
As part of its mission to mobilize the aviation community in times of disaster, partners with charity aid organizations and airlines to move relief workers and emergency supplies into devastated communities.
Following Hurricane Irma’s recent impact in the Caribbean, Airlink aid partner Americareshas been workin…read more...
Airlink Lands Partners in Position to Help Irma Survivors
Charity races to arrange donated air transportation for responders headed to Florida and Caribbean in hurricane’s aftermath.
As Hurricane Irma, one of the most intense storms observed in the last decade, cut a path of destruction through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm, disaster relief organization Airlink worked quickly to position responders into place. Search and rescue teams, medical…read more...
Airlink’s Hurricane Harvey Response Takes Flight
Hurricane Harvey, the largest storm to make landfall in Texas since 1961, has left widespread damage across 50 of the state’s counties. Continued heavy rains are causing catastrophic flooding and are expected to continue through midweek. Millions of people in the region are affected.read more...
Airlink Provides Rapid Response Airlift for Team Rubicon to Help Midwestern Flood Relief Efforts
In late July, Airlink launched a response to historic flooding in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois in partnership with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, and Team Rubicon. Airlink is a nonprofit rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization that links pre-qualified nonprofits and NGOs with partner airlines for passenger and cargo transportation.
Airlink Welcomes New Advisors and Staff
Airlink is pleased to announce the addition of three new members of the Advisory Council – Toby Bright, Alan Cassels, and Philip Tozer-Pennington – and two new staff – Ian Rodgers and Dan Whitney - this year. These additions come as Airlink enters its eighth year in operation.
“We are honored to have these aviation and humanitarian professionals – recognized leaders in their respective disci…read more...
Airlink Recognizes United Airlines as Airline Partner of the Year
Last night, Airlink honored key partner United Airlines as Airline Partner of the Year in recognition of their substantial support of Airlink and its humanitarian programs in 2016.
Airlink Expands Relief Mission to Haiti
As part of its expanded end-to-end air transportation solution to Hurricane Matthew, Airlink is sending its second, large charter flight - packed with medical supplies - to Haiti. The flight will be operated by Airlink partner and aid will be used to combat an increasingly dire public health epidemic in underserved areas where many people have yet to receive any inte…read more...
Airlink Sends 100,000 Pounds of Aid Cargo from 5 Nonprofit Partners to Haiti
-- Cholera Remains Primary Concern in Post-Hurricane Haiti --
Washington, DC (October 18, 2016) -read more...
Airlink is Again Chosen As Preferred Charity Partner of Airline Economics
**Leading Aviation Business Publication to Support Growth of Nonprofit Disaster Response Network for Airlines**
Aeromexico joins Airlink to Expand Disaster Response Network
**SkyTeam Founding Member Commits to Send First Responders To Disaster Zones**
Washington, DC (August 23, 2016) - 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 spanni…read more...
2 Years Later: Our First Air Bridge Flight
This August marks the two-year anniversary of Airlink's first cargo flight to Monrovia, Liberia, which carried 15,000 pounds of medical aid to tackle Ebola. The flight kicked off an Air Bridge that, over a single year, delivered 1.3 million pounds of aid and nearly 70 healthcare workers to West Africa.
The flight and overall response would not have been possible without the generous suppor…read more...
Air Canada, Alaska Airlines and United Airlines Support Relief for Ft. McMurray Wildfires
** Airlink coordinates major North American air carriers to support Team Rubicon’s relief and recovery efforts in Fort McMurray, Canada **
This week, residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada continue to return to their homes following the wildfires that devastated the community last month. So far, the fire has destroyed more than 2,400 homes and buildings, and sparked the biggest wi…read more...
Aviation Leaders Talk About Global Humanitarian Aid
Airlink was honored to be invited to the International Aviation Transportation Administration's 72nd Annual General Meeting on June 1-3. Executive Director, Steve Smith, was on-site, conducting interviews with some big names in aviation on what aviation can do for the humanitarian world. Watch our playlist to learn what they said.read more...
African Aviation Press Release: Raffle Held in Honour of Airlink
A Raffle was held in honour of AIRLINK during the Annual Awards Gala Dinner at the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa, from Monday, 9th to Wednesday, 11th May, 2016.
The raffle prizes were donated by African Aviation Services Limited (an iPad Air and Swarovski Bracelet) and Investec Bank, South Africa (Leath…read more...
Airlink Receives Award from Partner NOSLINA for Ebola Response
Airlink was honored to receive the Special Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone from the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) at an event held Saturday night in Silver Spring, Maryland. Airlink accepted the award on behalf of its partners, which include 11 airlines and 37 -profit humanitarian aid o…read more...
First Shipment of Medical Supplies Arrives in Earthquake-Stricken Ecuador
Airlink, in partnership with American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and LIFT, has just coordinated its first delivery of aid to Quito, Ecuador since the earthquake hit on April 16, 2016. The shipment of vital medical aid supplies was made possible through Airlink’s partnership with Atlas Air.
“Airlink would like to recognize Atlas Air’s generosity in providing free transportation for this shipme…read more...
Embassy of Sierra Leone Grants Humanitarian Award to Airlink for Ebola Response
Last night, Airlink was honored to receive the Humanitarian Award in the International Non-Governmental Organizations Category for contributions to the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone from the Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Airlink accepted the award on behalf of its partners, which included 10 airlines and 37 nonprofit humanitarian aid organizations, as wel…read more...
Airlink Responds To Ecuador Earthquake
Yesterday, following a 7.8 earthquake which struck Ecuador on the evening of April 16, 2016. The death toll has risen to as many as 350 people, with more than 2,500 injured, according to official estimates.
Airlink has now assisted in the transportation of five personnel, including a DART from All Hands Volunteers, and personnel from Waves for Water who w…read more...
Airlink Recognizes Etihad Airways and All Hands Volunteers as Airline and NGO Partner of the Year
Last night, Airlink honored two key partners, Etihad Airways and All Hands Volunteers, as Airline Partner of the Year and NGO Partner of the Year, respectively, in recognition of their steadfast partnership with Airlink in 2015.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize both Etihad Airways and All Hands Volunteers for their ongoing dedication and response to humanitarian crises in 2015,” …read more...
Airlink Recognizes Key Airline Partners from Nepal Response
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 …read more...
Help is on the Way: Aviation Industry, Businesses and Charities Join Forces to Improve Disaster Response as Part of a Clinton Global Initiative
Humanitarian relief organization announced today a partnership to improve disaster response as part of a . The commitment titled “Help is on the Way” aims to build a global disaster response network of airlines, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other donors dedicated to improving the process through which disaster response service…read more...
First Shipment of Material Aid for Airlink's Nepal Response Lands in Kathmandu
Airlink, a rapid-response disaster relief organization that links pre-approved non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with airlines, has partnered with nonprofit partners Afya Foundation, AmeriCares, and Samaritan’s Purse, airline partner Qatar Airways, and logistics partner LIFT to ship material aid to Kathmandu in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Ap…read more...
Clean Water & Solar for Ebola Treatment Project Selected by Clinton Global Initiative as Featured Commitment
Airlink Welcomes Peter Davies as New Advisory Council Chair
United Airlines supports humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal
United Airlines today announced that it will work with its disaster relief partners the American Red Cross, Americares, Airlink and Operation USA to provide aid to those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Beginning today, United will provide up to a total of $50,000 to match donations to these partner organizations from United customers and employees. The airline will also provide a one-time mi…read more...
Brussels Airlines launches “Africa is not Ebola” campaign and maintains a proud airline tradition
Airlink is proud to count Brussels Airlines among its airline partners. We applaud the continued service they have provided to the West African countries affected by the Ebola epidemic, and we are grateful for the support they have shown for the Airlink program overall in 2014. We would like to share the following piece from the Air Transport World Editor's Blog, celebrating their new campaign.…read more...
Airlink Presents 2nd Annual Humanitarian Awards for Airline and NGO Partners
For their second annual Humanitarian Awards, Airlink honored its partners JetBlue Airways and ChildFund International as Airline Partner of the Year and NGO Partner of the Year, respectively, in recognition of their steadfast support of Airlink in 2014.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize both JetBlue Airways and ChildFund International for their ongoing dedication and response to humani…
Airlink Completes First Air Bridge Flight of 2015
The first flight for 2015 of Airlink’s Air Bridge to West Africa flew from Miami and landed in Liberia on January 12, delivering critical medical supplies comprised of personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies. These supplies will enable nineteen Liberian public hospitals that were partially or fully closed due to lack of training with proper protective supplies amidst the Ebol…read more...
Typhoon Hagupit Response
AIRLINK Ebola Response: Over 300 Tons in 30 Days
Airlink, the 24/7 disaster relief organization that links pre-qualified nonprofits with airlines for passenger and cargo transportation, completed four flights through its Air Bridge initiative to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in only . In a collaborative effort that coordinated critical aid from 22 nonprofit and 7 airline partners, Airlink has facilitated shipments comprised …read more...
Airlink Ebola Air Bridge Initiative Selected by Clinton Global Initiative as a Featured Commitment
Airlink, the 24/7 rapid response disaster and humanitarian relief organization, had their CGI Commitment to build an Air Bridge to West Africa featured by Chelsea Clinton onstage in the closing plenary session of the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting.
“Airlink is humbled by the recognition the Air Bridge to West Africa has received through being a featured CGI Commitment. …read more...
Airlink Tapped by Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to Execute Air Bridge for Ebola Response
AIRLINK Continues to Respond to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
AIRLINK continues to coordinate shipments of aid to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In partnership with the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America and Brussels Airlines, AIRLINK was able to send nearly 5,000 pounds of medical supplies to Freetown, Sierra Leone this week.
AIRLINK Spearheads Airlift for Ebola Outbreak in Liberia
AIRLINK , the 24/7 disaster relief organization that links pre-vetted NGO’s with airlines, has secured a charter jet, with funding donated by Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr., to fly emergency medical aid and protective gear for healthcare workers fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak.
AIRLINK Welcomes New Board Member
We would like to welcome our newest member to the AIRLINK Board of Trustees, Mr. Joe Dunne, Director of Material Management Services for Boeing Commercial Aircraft Services. Joe joined Boeing Commercial Aircraft Services in October 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the development and delivery of innovative material management service solutions for Boeing commercial aircraft globally. Pri…read more...
AIRLINK Granted 501(c)(3) Status
Airlink is pleased to announce it has qualified for tax-exempt status as a charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). The IRS has determined that Airlink is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes; with no part of its earnings benefitting any private shareholder or individual, and that it satisfies all the statutory requirements for exempt status. Se…read more...
A Promise to Peru Provides Medical and Surgical Care to Rural Peru
A Promise to Peru, Inc. announces their return to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The annual cataract surgical and medical mission commences today through July 12th, with a team of volunteers consisting of: physicians, health related professionals and support staff from across the U.S.; along with Stony Brook School of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson medical students and SUNY optometry …read more...
A Promise to Peru provee cuidado medico y quirurgico a la poblacion indigena de Peru
A Promise to Peru, Inc. anuncia su regreso a Urubamba en El Valle Sagrado de Perú. Hoy, un equipo de voluntarios de los EE.UU -- médicos, otros profesionales de la salud, estudiantes de medicina, optometría, farmacología, sanidad pública, y unos estudiantes universitarios -- comienza su programa anual de cirugía y medicina general. Al llegar a Urubamba, el equipo establecerá una clínica oftalmoló…read more...
AIRLINK Receives Capacity Commitments From Airlines
AirAsia Extends Support for Global Humanitarian Efforts
The AirAsia Group donated a total of 10 hours of flight time on the group’s Airbus A320 for up to 180 personnel and up to 8 tons of cargo to Airlink, dedicated for humanitarian efforts in Southeast Asia.
The flight time donation incorporates the provision of cargo space and carriage of passengers, which will be utilized to fly humanitarian aid supplies and relief workers to affected ar…
Typhoon Haiyan: Six months on
Some days just leave an indelible mark on the memory; such was the case with Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. According to , an estimated 14.1 million were affected by the storm across nine regions. The human impact was great, with nearly 4.1 million people displaced at the peak of the disaster and 6,200 lives lost in total.
Behind the scenes, we closel…read more...
AIRLINK Welcomes Seven New Members to its Advisory Council and Board of Trustees
Airlink announces that have joined its Advisory Council and Board of Trustees. The three newest additions to the Advisory Council include: Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines; Norman Liu, President and CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS); and Ian Rodgers, Director of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Operational Preparedness and Surge Capacity at Save the …read more...
AIRLINK Raises $9,000 during the 2014 CAPA Summit in Dublin, Ireland
Through the generous support of CAPA - Centre for Aviation and a of host aviation organizations in attendance at the 2014 CAPA Airlines in Transition Summit, AIRLINK raised nearly $9,000 to help support disaster response and humanitarian operations during our live and silent auctions.
In the spirit of giving, a welcomed pledge was made by AirAsia for 10 hours of flight time on an A320 to sup…read more...
AIRLINK Responds to Spring Tornado Outbreak in the Southeastern US
On Sunday, a large-scale storm system moved through the central and southern United States, killing at least 16 people across Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa. The storm system brought thunderstorms, hail (2” diameter), heavy rain, flash floods, high winds, and at least three strong tornadoes to the region. The system is on a course to move into the lower Mississippi River and Tennessee Valleys an…
AIRLINK Introduces Annual Humanitarian Awards for Airline and NGO Partners
Airlink will honor Southwest Airlines and Team Rubicon with their first annual Humanitarian Awards in recognition of their continuous support of Airlink in 2013.
The presentation of the awards will take place during the Airlink session at the ISTAT Americas 2014 Conference, to be held on Monday, March 17, at the San Diego Marriott Marquees & Marina in San Diego.
“We would like to recogniz…read more...
AIRLINK Secures Boeing, GE Capital Aviation Services, and UTC Aerospace Systems as Corporate Sponsors
“We are truly honored to welcome these three new companies as sponsors of our organization,” commented Steve Smith, Executive Director of Airlink. “As an independent non-profit, we inte…read more...
Paul Chester Children’s Hope Foundation Returned to the Dominican Republic To Facilitate Life-Changing Surgeries in Remote Areas
Paul Chester Children’s Hope Foundation (PCCHF) announces their return to the Dominican Republic early in the year. The team was comprised of 25 medical volunteers. They traveled into the country on January 23rd to perform life-changing surgeries on children and families in remote areas of Santo Domingo and the mountain town of Ocoa.
This is the second time that PCCHF has …read more...
National VOAD, Airlink establish partnership to facilitate air travel for disaster relief organizations
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster last week announced a new strategic partnership with Airlink, an organization that facilitates low-cost or no cost air transportation to support humanitarian aid.
James R. McGowan – Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives – made the announcement Oct. 24 during National VOAD’s 2013 Fall Members’ Meeting. The meeting provided a forum for Nati…read more...
Airlink welcomes three new advisory council members
Airlink is pleased to announce that a total of three new members have joined its Advisory Council. These new additions include: Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines; Emily Sperling, President, ShelterBox USA, Inc; and William McNulty, Co-Founder, Team Rubicon.
“The addition of three new Advisory Council members is a testament to the growing awareness for …read more...
Airlink chosen as sole charity partner for Airlines in Transition Summit 2013
In an effort to help raise awareness of its support of the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the world with key potential airline partners, Airlink is pleased to have been selected as the sole charity partner of the taking place in Dublin, Ireland, April 11-12, 2013. Airlink will also exhibit at the Summit and will present to attendees on the first…read more...
Airlink Receives Award from International Humanitarian Charity
, a humanitarian initiative that matches the cargo and passenger travel needs of organizations responding to disasters or other humanitarian crises with airlines that can provide transportation for free or at an extrem…read more...
AIRLINK Provides More Than Disaster Relief
Because it has helped provide relief in such highly publicized catastrophic events as the tsunami in Japan and earthquake in Haiti, AIRLINK is primarily recognized for its work in disaster relief. However, some of AIRLINK’s most important work is completed when there’s no disaster at all in service of ongoing humanitarian needs.
“While disaster relief is a key component of the AIRLINK program,…read more...
Airlink Facilitates Airlines’ Social Responsibility Initiatives
To help execute their charitable giving programs, airlines are increasingly turning to AIRLINK’s innovative, free web-based matching service to connect with non-governmental charitable organizations (NGOs).
“Corporate social responsibility programs are evolving at the airlines,” said Bob Brown, CEO of AIRLINK. “In addition to sponsorships and direct monetary …read more...
Airlink move to the horn of Africa
Throughout the Horn of Africa, in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, over 13 million people are currently at risk of severe malnutrition or starvation as the region faces the worst drought conditions in 60 years. This slow moving humanitarian disaster dwarfs most others and yet ha…read more...