Some might argue that the Country's National Airlines Garuda Indonesian owes its very existence to the people of Aceh, North Sumatra. In fact, the first airplane operated by Indonesian Airways was a DC-3 with the designation RI-001 - Seulawah (Gold Mountain) - an aircraft donated by the people of Aceh in the Republic's early struggle for independence.
Now, more than a half century later and in response to the tragic events resulting from the massive earthquake of December 26, 2004, Garuda Indonesia is joining the world-wide humanitarian response to the plight of the people of Aceh and North Sumatra by providing free carriage of humanitarian relief cargo to Medan and Banda Aceh.
The special facility exclsuively for the transport of relief materials is available through January 31, 2005.
For more information contact: Mr. Rusli Baharuddin, Garuda's Cargo Manager at telephone ++62-(0)361 -5501408 or ++62-(0)361 Ė5502041.
In the words of one Garuda official, "we trace our very DNA as a company back to the people of Aceh who gave us our first aircraft, now its time for us the be there for the people of Aceh when they need us most."
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