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A group of volunteers from Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi headquarters recently visited the Philippines to provide much needed support to victims of typhoon Utor.

The volunteers spent four days distributing clothing, food, toiletries and blankets to Filipinos who lost their homes and livelihoods in the severe flooding caused by the typhoon.

Beneficiaries of the charity mission included an aged care facility, a home for abused women and children, and the Philippine Christian Foundation School – a not-for-profit organisation which assists disadvantaged communities.

Head of CSR and Sus tai nability at Etihad Airways, Anne Tullis said: “We provide significant logistics support by way of free flights and cargo to assist NGOs and charities, for whom these costs are a huge overhead. But being able to provide hands-on support at a grassroots level makes a real difference to the lives of the communities, and more especially, the volunteers.

“This initiative complements our ongoing support for the Philippine Christian Foundation which includes flights and participation in their recycling and vocational programs at the Smoky Moun tai n Centre.”

This week’s donations campaign brought together staff from Etihad Airways’ CSR department, Etihad Cargo and the airline’s Social and Sports Committee, which also donated funds to buy relief kits and food parcels.  

About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates , began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways offers flights to 94 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 80 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 80 aircraft on firm order, including 41 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles , Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus, will acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia from January 2014, and, subject to regulatory approval, will acquire 24 per cent of India ’s Jet Airways. For more information, please visit:

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