In light of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has introduced a community programme to deliver 400 meals per day to charity.
This new initiative will be held throughout 2018 and beyond, with an estimated total of 150,000 meals to be distributed each year.
The airline has partnered with the Grace Conservation Programme of Emirates Red Crescent and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority to donate inflight meals to labourer residences in the Mussaffah area of Abu Dhabi.
The meals are initially prepared for the airline’s three on board cabins – first class, business class and economy class – and are then transported in a purpose-designed truck to keep them fresh. Emirates Red Crescent will provide an equipped kitchen and trucks to collect and store meals for distribution.
Senior vice president and general manager, Etihad Airport Services Ground – Abu Dhabi Hub and CSR Strategy, Khaled Al Mehairbi remarked on the initiative: “We are strongly committed to the local community and proudly support various charities worldwide. Etihad is always looking at new ways to extend the reach of our charitable and humanitarian efforts.
“This drive is guided by the values and legacy of our late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He inspires and motivates us to share and give back to the communities we are living and operating in,” he added.
Meanwhile, general manager, Grace Conservation Programme of Emirates Red Crescent, Sultan Al Shehi commented: “We are excited to launch this initiative in collaboration with Etihad Aviation Group and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority. This partnership reflects Abu Dhabi’s spirit of sharing and giving. We have worked together with Etihad Aviation Group to support many charitable and humanitarian activities. However, this partnership is especially important for its size and scale.”
Etihad Aviation Group adheres to a comprehensive CSR agenda during Ramadan, with many other charity and community activities planned for the local community in the UAE, as well as in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and other parts of the world.