HONOLULU – March 15, 2011 - Hawaiian Airlines is transporting specialized teams of disaster response personnel from the mainland to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport this week.
Yesterday, Hawaiian flew seven members of the Eagles’ Wings Foundation from Seattle to Haneda via Honolulu. The Florida-based foundation is dedicated to providing trained emergency responders to disaster response efforts worldwide. This team’s mission is to assess areas of damage in Japan and to improve coordination in the distribution of supplies and aid from other organizations and individuals.
Hawaiian is providing the air transportation to Japan at no cost in coordination with AirLink, a nonprofit organization devoted to working with air carriers on providing emergency travel in response to disasters worldwide. Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, is a board member of AirLink. Hawaiian expects to transport two more teams of emergency responders to Japan this week and plans to accommodate additional AirLink missions.