Published On | November 14, 2011



Aramex JOINS ‘care by air’ INITIATIVE
global logistics provider lends it’s support to ‘at cost’ humanitarian initiative
Dubai, 14 November 2011 –Aramex, the global logistics and transportation solutions provider, has joined a number of prominent aviation companies in supporting Care by Air – a logistics-related humanitarian initiative that provides services to relief and humanitarian organisations at cost.
Aramex is the latest high profile name to put its full support behind Care by Air, which was founded by Maximus Air, Etihad and Abu Dhabi Airports Company in 2009, and it will utilize its resources and extensive expertise to support the initiative.
“We are delighted to welcome Aramex into the Care by Air family,” said Fathi Hilal Buhazza, CEO of Maximus Air, who conceptualized, initiated and co-founded the ground-breaking initiative. “Care by Air will benefit considerably from Aramex’ strong global network, worldwide presence and logistics expertise in order to improve the effectiveness of the programme.
“Aramex shares Care by Air’s vision of providing a long-term formula in delivering relief and humanitarian goods and efforts to those who need it most,” he added, “and their involvement will give the programme a valuable boost.”
Emphasizing the importance of this partnership, Raji Hattar, Aramex’ Chief Sustainability officer stated: “Our collaboration with our partners in the Care by Air initiative is in recognition of our shared common goals, and is driven by our belief that we can accomplish a lot more through sustained engagement that brings public and private partners together to support a noble cause.”
He added that “Logistics support plays a key role in disaster relief operation, and over the years, Aramex has built strong relationships with many global and regional relief agencies and NGO’s, and has committed its knowledge and resources to facilitate the transportation of aid and donations to disaster and war-stricken areas.”
Care by Air’s aim is to address the costs and effectiveness of transportation and logistics requirements of relief organizations. Through the scheme, leading air cargo airlines, logistics companies and aviation suppliers companies help improve lives of millions by either donating empty space on flights at cost, waiving handling, landing or parking fees or discounting fuel prices.
Fully supported by The UAE’s Red Crescent and the United Nations’ World Food Programme (UNWFP), Care by Air has already made a huge difference to the work of relief organisations as they can now rely on private business partnerships to help them deliver aid where it is needed throughout the world.
“Humanitarian-related logistics – specifically the cost, equipment and expertise involved in the handling and urgent transportation of relief efforts – is among the biggest challenge faced by global relief organizations,” Buhazza explained. “As these organizations struggle for such resources, the private sector presents a distinct capability and capacity to be of assistance to such efforts by reducing or donating humanitarian aid logistics, which in turn allows for more valuable resources to be concentrated on actual aid for those that need it most.”
“As such, Aramex’ decision to join the Care by Air programme is truly inspiring and I am hoping that more and more companies would make a similar decision of involving themselves in helping others,” Buhazza added.
Given its expertise as a global logistics and transportation solutions provider, and the importance it places on corporate activism, Aramex has utilized its logistical expertise and transportation network to facilitate the movement of aid and donations to disaster and war-stricken areas. Aramex’s global logistics network has been extensively involved in providing relief aid to many disaster-afflicted areas around the world over the years, including Lebanon, Egypt, Pakistan, and its "Deliver Hope to Gaza" relief campaign in 2008 and 2009.
Maximus Air, an Abu Dhabi Aviation Group company, was established in 2005 to provide tailored solutions for moving outsized cargo.  After operating for only just over 6 years in the region, it is now a significant regional air cargo carrier and cargo aircraft ACMI  lease operator, employing more than 200 staff and operating a fleet of eight all-cargo aircraft comprising an Antonov An-124-100, Airbus A300-600RP2Fs and Ilyushin IL-76TD across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Maximus currently runs regular scheduled cargo services on behalf of Etihad Crystal Cargo and is the appointed exclusive air relief support partner for the UAE Red Crescent.
Aramex is a leading provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions. Established in 1982 as an express operator, the company rapidly evolved into a global brand recognized for its customized services and innovative multi-product offering. Traded on the NASDAQ from 1997 to 2002, Aramex today is a publicly traded company on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM: ARMX), employing more than 9,000 people in 307 locations, across 54 countries and leads a strong alliance network providing global presence, and bringing together 40 independent express companies from around the world. The range of services offered by Aramex includes integrated logistics solutions, international and domestic express delivery, freight forwarding, secure records and information management solutions, and e-services, including e-business solutions and Shop and Ship. For more information, please visit us at Follow us on Twitter: @aramex.
For further details contact:
David Baker
Tel: +971 50 650 3459
Ashraf Zeitoon
Aramex International
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 600 544 000