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RELIEF ITEMS FOR RUSSIA TRANSPORTED BY CARGOLUX OF LUXEMBOURG AND LOCAL INTERLINE PARTNER SILK WAY AIRLINES OF AZERBAIJAN

Luxembourg, 15 September 2010 - Following the devastating recent wildfires that broke out across almost 500,000 acres in Russia and leaving 4,000 people in 14 regions without homes, Luxembourg’s asbl Luxembourg-Russie, headed by Norbert E. Goergen, member of the committee of the ‘Centre Culturel A.S. Pouchkine’, initated a countrywide collection of relief items. Those are transported on board of Cargolux’s B747-400 freighter to Baku today, where they will be taken over by Cargolux’s local interline partner Silk Way Airlines and flown to the affected regions. A second shipment is foreseen in about a week’s time, to which Cargolux’s staff also contributes.

In total, around 700 boxes, mainly with winter clothes from the people of Luxembourg, will be sent to Russia in support of those in need, especially as the winter in Russia will be approaching soon.

Cargolux and Silk Way Airlines transport these charity boxes free of charge on board of their freighters from Luxembourg via Baku/Azerbaijan to Moscow/Russia.

Coordination and documentation was ensured by Cargolux’s Charity Committee at its headquarters in Luxembourg, from where the take care of the company’s worldwide charity activities. Shipments are possible whenever space is available on Cargolux’s freighters.

Free storage room was offered by Luxembourg’s Commune of Cessange and by the WSA, Luxembourg, who also took care of the delivery of the boxes to the Luxair Cargo Center, while Luxair Cargo arranged for free security screening of this charity shipment.

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