Boeing partners to send medical aid to Africa

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Boeing's Charleston factory made history Sunday.

The airplane manufacturer partnered with Kenya Airways and used a new plane to ship medical supplies to Africa.

It's the first time the company has made a humanitarian flight from its North Charleston facility.

The plane is loaded down with between 1,400-1,600 pounds of medical supplies.

Boeing and Kenya Airways don't pay for the supplies but are acting as a middle man between a non-profit in Texas and the Africa Inland Church Childcare Center in Kenya.

The supplies include mainly exam tables and will be used to help children with disabilities, specifically cerebral palsy.

Both Boeing and Kenya Air said taking part in the program was an easy decision.

"Some humanitarian people asked whether we could assist in transporting the cargo," Evan Mwaniki, the Chairman of Kenya Airways said. "We said yes, why not. We would love to play a part in that."

"Boeing South Carolina has been building planes for a while now and our customer had this connection with this non-profit so we wanted to be a part of this special occasion," Jessica Jackson, Boeing's Global Corporate Citizenship Manager said.

While the humanitarian program is new to Charleston, it's not new to Boeing. The company has partnered with 50 different airlines to make more than 150 flights and deliver almost one million pounds of supplies and says it plans to have more flights from its North Charleston location in the future.

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