Second relief flight to Manila transports vital goods

Gusts of wind exceeding 300km/h, metre-high tidal waves and immense devastation. These were the conditions experienced firsthand by people in the Philippines some three weeks ago.

Typhoon Haiyan was one of the deadliest tropical cyclones since reliable weather records began, leaving a trail of destruction similar to that of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Those living in the Philippines have been reliant on every bit of support they can find in the world for weeks.

Lufthansa Cargo responded immediately once the extent of the disaster became clear. On Sunday morning, 10 November, a Lufthansa passenger jet took off for Manila, carrying some 25 tonnes of aid to the disaster zone. Thanks to the close cooperation of all employees in the Lufthansa Group, this fast relief was provided in less than 36 hours.

At Lufthansa, we have a long tradition of reacting quickly and professionally when disaster strikes. So it was a given that we would organise a second relief flight with emergency aid to the crisis region as quickly as possible. The just nine-month-old cooperation between Lufthansa Cargo and the “Aktion Deutschland Hilft” relief coalition was instrumental in this. Both partners have been working closely over this time under the motto “Providing faster aid” to build up a fast logistics chain worldwide and thereby respond quickly to natural disasters.

Thanks to the great commitment shown by all involved, an MD-11 freighter carrying some 55 tonnes of aid was dispatched again to the Philippines one week ago. The emergency supplies, which included urgently needed food parcels, drugs, medical equipment, water treatment plants and tents, were provided by various organisations in the "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" relief coalition - including World Vision, Malteser, Help and Action Medeor.

The successful arrival of the aid to the affected regions is a peerless example of how well the new cooperation between Lufthansa Cargo and “Aktion Deutschland Hilft” is already working in its early days, with positive signs for the future.