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Air France and Aviation Sans Frontières acting together in solidarity


Air France, a historic partner of Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) for 40 years, continues to provide assistance and support thanks in particular to the involvement of company staff. Ground staff and flight crews are among the Air France volunteers working alongside ASF in its solidarity initiatives and humanitarian assignments worldwide, which includes providing air transport for sick children. Aviation Sans Frontières has been supported for many years by the Air France Foundation and the company’s Humanitarian Sponsorship Department, benefitting from financial and logistic support.

Aviation Sans Frontières actively involved in the fight against Covid-19

Since the beginning of April, ASF has been organizing daily flights to enable medical and surgical teams to reach the medical centres in need of assistance and back-up quickly and at no cost. A look back at some key figures for the “Covid-19 assignment” -

  • over 420 passengers carried
  • over 130 requests that received a response
  • 26 different operators used
  • over 300 stations (including installation)
  • The most frequently used aircraft: the PC-12 with a flying time of 117 hours 07 min
  • 24 different aircraft types: from the SR22 to the Falcon 8X
  • more than 435 flight hours
  • 65 landing strips used: 60 France + 3 Switzerland + 1 Luxembourg + 1 UK

To support care workers in hospitals and nursing homes in the Paris region, flight crews and ground staff from different airlines provided precious help through their involvement in welcome, support and preventive care actions. Among them, some 200 Air France cabin crew members were on site in contact with the patients;118 in the nursing homes and 81 in the hospitals.

Since its creation in 1980, Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF), in partnership with many NGOs, has been providing air transport for sick children. Suffering from serious diseases, they can in this way benefit from medical care and surgery in European hospitals. Transported on scheduled commercial flights and assisted by volunteers, these children receive the treatment they need before returning to their families. ASF uses the air transport network and its own fleet to help the most vulnerable populations around the world.

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