Humanitarian support

We bring our projects and resources to the humanitarian-aid community to help alleviate some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from environmental projects to relief flights.

Airbus' commitment with the Red Cross

The Airbus Foundation integrates the activities of all the company's business segments, providing resources that can bolster our partners’ endeavours.

Relief flights to Uganda, Haiti and Nepal

Our activities in Haiti and Nepal exemplify how the coordination of the company wide resources under the Airbus Foundation and the partnership with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement can have profound effects.

Contributions from all businesses helped the Foundation’s relief efforts following the refugee crisis in South Sudan (flight to Uganda in March 2017), hurricane Matthew in Haiti (October 2016) and the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal (April 2015).

Airbus organised relief flights with delivery aircraft, Airbus Helicopters provided helicopter-based solutions to affected areas, and Airbus Defence and Space used satellite imagery to help assess the extent of the damage.

A330 crew reflief flight Airbus Foundation Haiti
Following the Hurricane Matthew that hit Haiti on October 2016, the Airbus Foundation fused its activities, products, and know-how across the company to help relieve the impacted areas.

Employees making a difference

The company'ss support for victims of conflicts and natural disasters does not end there: internal fundraising campaigns are also organised to support IFRC actions.

In the last few years, Airbus employees have donated hundreds of thousands of Euros to Red Cross national societies in support of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, the fight against Ebola, and earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. In some cases, these generous donations have even been matched by the Foundation.

Airbus Foundation Humanitarian Flight Programme

Emirates A380 being loaded prior to a relief flight

Airbus Foundation has a global network of airlines and relief organisations to support humanitarian causes. Through the Airbus Foundation Humanitarian Flight Programme, the Foundation offers a service to Airbus customers to use the delivery of their new aircraft and contribute to humanitarian efforts. 

Through the Airbus Foundation Humanitarian Flight Programme, we help the humanitarian community reduce its high logistics costs and we deliver medical and school supplies, food, water sanitation equipment, toys, clothing and emergency response units, (e.g. kitchen sets, logistics and medical personnel, household kits) to the most vulnerable all around the world.

Airbus Foundation works hand in hand with local NGOs and airline customers in order to transport goods utilising what would otherwise be an empty fight. Whether it is a country hit by a disaster, an under-equipped school in Africa or a hospital in Asia, the Foundation’s role is to link an NGO with an Airbus customer and send the necessary supplies to the destination in need.

Partners logos humanitarian flights
Partners logos humanitarian flights

Since 2008, the Airbus Foundation has facilitated the delivery of 650 tons of aid materials to 6 regions on 48 humanitarian flights.

If you are an airline and are interested to take part in the Airbus Foundation relief flights programme, please contact the Foundation at


Airbus Foundation's global network of airlines to support humanitarian causes

Airbus Foundation and the environment

Several groups of Airbus employees have been building biogas plants in the Indian rural areas of Kadalakolly and Kudimery since 2010.

The Airbus Foundation Biodiversity Programme is a transnational initiative that engages the company's employees in biodiversity conservation, with a focus on India.

Over the last five years, teams of Airbus’ employees have been travelling to this country. They live and work together for periods of a few weeks in remote locations in southern India, constructing biogas plants with tribal communities. 

The biogas plants decrease the need for firewood being taken from protected forest areas. Not only does biogas generate much-needed energy for these villages, it also generates income: families sell the milk and fertiliser produced by the cows integral to the plant’s success.

Our Partners for biodiversity

Extending the biogas plants in India

The 2015-2016 Biodiversity Programme builds upon the work of these past years, focusing now only on Airbus employees based in India.  The Centre for Environment Education  – supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of India –  and the Centre for Tribals and Rural Development Trust, an NGO in the State of Tamil Nadu, are partners in this project.