After the devastating earthquake that rocked Turkey earlier this week, companies around the world have joined in to support the victims of the natural disaster and their families. A few hours ago, Boeing joined the overall relief effort. An American aircraft manufacturer has announced that it will donate half a million dollars through the American Red Cross.
“We express our condolences to those affected by the earthquake in Turkey. We are donating $500,000 to help those affected. Our thoughts remain with the people of Turkey and the entire region.
The Boeing Company has set up a charitable foundation to help in situations like the one that happened a few days ago. The death toll from the earthquake this week has already surpassed 15,000.
“The devastation from this earthquake is enormous and will require global funds. Our 156,000 teammates at Boeing are supporting people in Turkey and the region during this challenging time. We pride ourselves on partnering with aid agencies to get help quickly to those in need. Our deepest condolences to the bereaved families, and we continue to remember the affected communities, — Dr. Brendan Nelson, President of Boeing International.
Boeing has been in Turkey for over 70 years and has donated more than $6 million in charitable contributions over the past ten years.
What others are doing airlines
On the eve of the Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlinesannounced that it was operating free flights to help areas hit by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake. Between February 6, when the first shock occurred, and February 8, Pegasus operated 98 flights, 22 of which were for assistance.
The airline delivers emergency equipment. Until February 12, passengers can book free flights from certain airports. In addition, Pegasus donated eight million liras to various organizations.
Turkish Airlines did not announce free flights, but significantly reduced fares for the affected regions. The airline takes 100 Turkish Lira — just over $5 — per ticket: “This small customer fee will help cover some of our operating costs.” In recent days, “Turkish” carried out 102 flights, both for the delivery of aid and cargo, and evacuated thousands of people. Nearly 20,000 people were evacuated on Tuesday and the airline plans to evacuate another 30,000.