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Norwegian Air and UNICEF Fly Emergency Aid and School Supplies to Syria

Press release   •   Oct 05, 2015 09:00 EDT

  •  Norwegian’s UNICEF aircraft will fly airline CEO, employees and UNICEF representatives to the Middle East in November

NEW YORK (October 5, 2015) – Norwegian Air, the world’s fastest-growing airline, and UNICEF, an organization dedicated to promoting the rights and well-being of children worldwide, will send an aircraft fully loaded with emergency aid and school supplies from Oslo, Norway to Amman, Jordan in November to help Syrian children living in refugee camps. Through this initiative, Norwegian and UNICEF will help the more than two million children affected by the brutal civil war in Syria. Norwegian’s CEO, Bjørn Kjos, will also be onboard the flight to assist.

“We were eager to make an effort to help the displaced children of Syria, and through our signature partnership with UNICEF it is now possible. We will provide aircraft and crew so that we can carry emergency aid and school supplies to the refugee children,” said Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian Air. “Norwegian’s employees will make contributions, and we also encourage our customers and partners to pledge their support online at to help prevent a lost generation of Syrian children.”

Represented in more than 190 countries, UNICEF is the world’s leading humanitarian and development agency working for the rights of children everywhere. The organization has a responsibility to give children – both in Syria and neighboring countries – temporary educational facilities and create safe areas where they can play and receive treatment for possible trauma. Our combined goal is to provide Syria’s children with what they need so that they do not become a lost generation and can one day support themselves and rebuild their communities as pillars of a new Syria. To support this effort, the Norwegian government is funding education for children – especially girls – in crisis and conflict.

“The refugee children of Syria have lost everything. Therefore, with the help of our long-term partner, Norwegian Air, we can mobilize the population to fill a plane with aid that goes directly to children in need,” said UNICEF Norway’s Secretary General, Bernt G. Apeland. “Together we can make sure these children get the future they deserve and that we prevent a lost generation.”

Norwegian and UNICEF have had a signature partnership since 2007. Norwegian supports UNICEF with campaigns and travel assistance. Norwegian’s employees support UNICEF by donating their annual Christmas present to the organization. Last year, Norwegian and UNICEF cooperated on a relief flight to Bangui in the Central African Republic, and in 2013, Norwegian donated 10 percent of its onboard water sales to UNICEF's important work.

About UNICEFUNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.

Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s seventh largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 25 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried 24 million passengers last year on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – more than 440 routes to 132 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit