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EADS North America

March 22, 2010 16:34 ET

EADS North America Partners With Alabama to Send Relief Supplies to Haiti

MOBILE, AL--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) -  In a partnership with Alabama Governor Bob Riley's office, EADS North America is sending an Airbus Military C-212 tactical transport aircraft to Haiti with nearly 3,000 pounds of relief supplies aboard. The cargo of food and clothing was provided by Montgomery Rescue Mission, a non-profit agency assisted by Gov. Riley's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, under the leadership of First Lady Patsy Riley. 

"Alabamians know all too well the devastation caused by natural disasters and so many have donated to help relieve the human suffering in Haiti," said Governor Riley. "The donations being transported on this aircraft will go to help children of the Faith Crusade Orphanage, which cares for more than 150 children and is supported by the Montgomery Rescue Mission. I thank EADS North America for being an outstanding corporate citizen and donating the use of this aircraft, and I commend all those who are working to get these needed relief supplies to these children in Haiti."

"We're pleased to be able to help Gov. Riley and the good people of Alabama bring aid to Haiti's earthquake victims, who are still in terrible need," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America CEO. "The Governor and all of our neighbors in Alabama have shown EADS and its divisions tremendous support and friendship over the years, and we are happy to have an opportunity to assist them with such a worthy endeavor."

The C-212 will leave for Haiti tomorrow morning from Airbus Military North America's aircraft support facility at the Mobile Regional Airport. The 30,000 square-foot facility was expanded in October 2009 to provide maintenance and repair to C-212 and CN-235 tactical transports, which are produced by Airbus Military, a division of EADS. Other EADS activities in Mobile include the Airbus Engineering Center at Brookley Field, which employs a highly skilled workforce of 150.

The C-212 is a multi-role transport ideally suited to operating in and out of remote locations with cargo and passengers, including medical evacuation, humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions. It is designed for austere environments, ranging from the desert to the arctic, and can take off and land from short, soft, unpaved fields. It is part of the EADS family of multi-role aircraft - including the C-212, CN-235, C-295, A400M, and A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport - chosen by military and civil operators throughout the world. For example, EADS North America provides the CN-235 airframe on which the U.S. Coast Guard's growing fleet of HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft are based.

The HC-144 was among several EADS airplanes, helicopters and related technologies employed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Army and Air Force for humanitarian operations in Haiti following January 12 earthquake there.

EADS and its divisions have also made numerous direct contributions to the relief effort:

  • EADS matched employee donations to purchase and ship one of EADS Defense and Security's TransHospital modular field hospitals to Haiti.
  • Within days of the quake, Airbus sent an A340 jet to Haiti loaded with 20 tons of emergency cargo and seven members of an international rescue team. The plane then evacuated more than 80 victims, many of them children.
  • Eurocopter, another EADS division, quickly mobilized an Ecureuil AS350B helicopter from the Dominican Republic. The aircraft transported physicians, medical equipment and other supplies, and performed medical evacuations.
  • EADS Astrium's subsidiary Infoterra, which specializes in earth observation, provided satellite imagery that was used to direct relief efforts, find useable landing zones, and identify infrastructure that could support refugees.

About EADS North America
EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

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