Tennessee-based FedEx, Heart to Heart to deliver private airlift to China

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- FedEx Express says it has teamed with the humanitarian group Heart to Heart International Inc. to deliver the first private airlift of relief supplies to China following a massive earthquake in Sichuan Province.

Memphis-based FedEx Corp., parent company of FedEx Express, announced Friday that a FedEx MD-11 cargo plane carrying nearly 70 tons of humanitarian aid left Kansas City on Friday afternoon.

The cargo is valued at about $1.5 million and is expected to arrive early Sunday.

With the delivery, Kansas City-based Heart to Heart will be able to help millions of people over the next several months throughout Sichuan Province, which was hit by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake on May 12.

FedEx says 44 of its employees were involved with the flight, which left Memphis for Kansas City on Friday morning before heading for China.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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