9/28/2017

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…

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9/18/2017

Operation Airlift Caribbean Underway

As new storm approaches, charity organizations form partnership to deliver critical aid to Caribbean communities devastated by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria                                      

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…

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9/17/2017

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…

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Washington DC
9/13/2017


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…

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Washington, DC
8/28/2017

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.

As part of its mission to mobilize the aviation community in times of disaster, is working with Ala…

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Washington, DC
8/9/2017

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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.


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Washington, DC
5/8/2017

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…

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Washington, DC
1/18/2017

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.

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Washington, DC
11/1/2016

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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…

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10/18/2016

-- Cholera Remains Primary Concern in Post-Hurricane Haiti --

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Washington, DC
8/31/2016

**Leading Aviation Business Publication to Support Growth of Nonprofit Disaster Response Network for Airlines**

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Washington, DC
8/23/2016

**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…

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Washington, DC
8/9/2016


8/1/2016

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…

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Washington, DC
6/7/2016

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…

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Dublin, Ireland
6/1/2016

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.

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Washington, DC
5/26/2016

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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…

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Washington, DC
5/11/2016

Photo Credit: NOSLINA

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…

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Washington, DC
4/29/2016

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…

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Washington, D.C.
4/28/2016

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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…

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Washington, DC
4/19/2016

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…

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Dublin, Ireland
1/20/2016

 

 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,” …

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Hong Kong, China
11/3/2015

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 …

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Washington, DC
9/28/2015

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…

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Washington, DC
5/20/2015

Airlink, a rapid-response disaster relief organization that links pre-approved non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with airlines, has partnered with nonprofit partners Afya FoundationAmeriCares, 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…

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Marrakech, Morocco
5/7/2015
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Airlink, a rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization, was recognized for its role in a    (CGI) Commitment to Action led by WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc. (WorldWater). The Commitment to deliver three clean water systems to Sierra Leone was featured onstage during the afternoon Plenary Session entitled “Infrastructure Challenges:…

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Washington, DC
5/4/2015
Airlink is pleased to announce that Peter Davies, currently CEO and Founder of Airline Management Group, is taking the helm of the Airlink Advisory Council effective April 25, 2015. Peter will replace outgoing chair, Barry Humphreys, who has served in the position since Airlink’s inception in 2010.

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Chicago, IL
4/27/2015

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…

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Washington, DC
2/12/2015

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.…

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Dublin, Ireland
1/21/2015

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…

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Washington, DC
1/15/2015

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…

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Washington, DC
12/5/2014

Typhoon Hagupit Response

On Saturday, December 6, the Category 5 Super Typhoon Hagupit is set to make landfall in the province Eastern Samar, Philippines, and will pass through Manila by Tuesday, December 9. The typhoon's maximum sustained wind speed is 180 mph, making it one of the most powerful typhoons of 2014, and only slightly less powerful than Typhoon Haiyan just one year ago.
 
We are receiving requests t…
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Washington, DC
10/31/2014

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 …

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New York, NY
9/26/2014

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.  …

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Washington, DC
9/16/2014
Airlink, the 24/7 disaster relief organization that links pre-qualified nonprofits with airlines for passengers and cargo transportation, is the recipient of a USD $3 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. This grant will be used to establish an air bridge which will streamline transportation of critically needed supplies to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Washington, DC
9/5/2014

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.

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Washington, DC
8/25/2014

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.

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Washington, DC
7/18/2014

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…

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Washington, DC
7/9/2014

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…

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New York, NY
6/27/2014

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 …

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New York, NY
6/27/2014

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…

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Washington, DC
5/19/2014
Joining Airlink’s partners, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways, Airlink announces that AirAsia is the newest airline to make a forward commitment of capacity to facilitate the organization’s work in disaster response. AirAsia has committed to provide ten flight hours on an Airbus A320 in response to a humanitarian disaster that occurs in Southeast Asia in the future. The aircraft will be dedicat…
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Sepang, MY
5/15/2014

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…

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Washington, DC
5/8/2014

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…

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Washington, DC
5/2/2014

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 …

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Washington, DC
4/15/2014

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…

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Washington, DC
4/28/2014

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…

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Washington, D.C.
3/18/2014

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…

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Washington, D.C.
3/17/2014

Airlink today announces growing corporate support from the aviation industry to support global humanitarian activity. , and have become financial benefactors. 

“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…

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New York, NY
2/3/2014

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 …

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Arlington, VA
10/29/2013

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…

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Washington D.C.
10/2/2013

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 …

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Washington, D.C
4/11/2013

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…

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SARASOTA, Fla.
3/5/2013

During its 2013 Annual Conference and Humanitarian Awards, international disaster relief organization, presented Airlink with a Nonprofit Partner Award.

, 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…

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Chicago, IL
8/29/2012

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,…

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Chicago, IL
6/14/2012

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 …

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Chicago, IL
9/22/2011

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…

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