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Emirates gears up freighters for Beirut relief

An Emirates 777 freighter being loaded with relief supplies for Beirut. (Photo: Emirates)

Dubai-based Emirates has launched a flotilla of cargo planes to Lebanon loaded with emergency relief supplies for residents of Beirut, where a chemical blast killed 172 people, wounded thousands and leveled large parts of the city.

The airlines’ SkyCargo division said it plans to send more than 50 freighter flights to the devastated country.

Emirates is asking people to donate cash or pledge their Skywards Miles for food, medical supplies and other items and will coordinate with nongovernmental organizations to deliver the aid. The airline said it will provide a 20% discount on air transportation rates for approved shipments.

Emirates has already deployed several charter flights to Lebanon carrying food, clothing and medical supplies donated by various grassroots organizations in the United Arab Emirates. 

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Cargo planes head to Beirut with relief supplies

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Eric Kulisch

Eric is the Supply Chain and Air Cargo Editor at FreightWaves. An award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering the logistics sector, Eric spent nearly two years as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Automotive News, where he focused on regulatory and policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, mobility, fuel economy and safety. He has won two regional Gold Medals and a Silver Medal from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for government and trade coverage, and news analysis. He was voted best for feature writing and commentary in the Trade/Newsletter category by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In December 2022, he was voted runner up for Air Cargo Journalist by the Seahorse Freight Association. As associate editor at American Shipper Magazine for more than a decade, he wrote about trade, freight transportation and supply chains. Eric is based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached for comments and tips at [email protected]