The Belgian A330 to the Philippines, with a European touch
(BRUSSELS2) This is a little-known aspect of European assistance to the Philippines after cyclone Haiyan.
The A330 of the air component of the Belgian army which was to land tonight at Lapu airport in the Philippines, via Baku in Azerbaijan and Kolkatta in India, had a little European touch. Leaving Melsbroek/Zaventem airport on Sunday, it not only had 40 tonnes of equipment and food in its holds, but also the 70 members of the support team on board. But he also had 12 French firefighters and 2 Luxembourg assistants. The plane should return to Belgium on Wednesday around 17 p.m.
Comment: Without much fanfare, the guys from EATC in Eindhoven (European transport aviation command) lead their boat… aerially. They thus represent theeuropean excellence by nature: to bring Europeans to work together concretely, while preserving their national autonomy, while saving resources (and money). Pooling and sharing ahead of time, rarely put forward by the European authorities who sometimes prefer to gargle with hazy concepts (global approach, search for synergies, etc.) or national authorities who prefer to pretend that they still have total autonomy of action.
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