Partnership with UNICEF

Together with UNICEF we work to promote children's rights. UNICEF’s strong record on this area was the reason we signed a Signature Partnership with the organisation.

Norwegian and UNICEF's "Fill up a plane" campaign delivers essential supplies to children in need. 

Administered by the company’s top management, the Signature Partnership is the highest form of partnership UNICEF Norway offers corporate clients.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF insists that the survival, protection and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress.

This is how Norwegian supports UNICEF

First Officer Chadi Hanna, CEO Bjørn Kjos, and Senior Cabin Crew Rania Hido.

Travel funding and fundraisers

Norwegian's support to UNICEF consists of travel funding and fundraisers. Norwegian extended its partnership with UNICEF in 2015 by launching a new function that allows passengers to donate funds when booking flights online. During the summer of 2015 Norwegian's passengers donated more than 500,000 NOK to UNICEF. Additionally, all Norwegian employees donate their company Christmas presents to UNICEF.

Lectures for donations

Norwegian's CEO Bjørn Kjos receives many requests to speak at events and give lectures. Neither Bjørn Kjos nor Norwegian charge for this, however, through our partnership with UNICEF, we ask organisations and businesses to transfer 20,000 NOK when Bjørn Kjos holds a lecture. We hope businesses see this as an opportunity to help support an international organisation that works for children's rights.

Fill up a plane

In November 2015 Norwegian and UNICEF sent a fully loaded aircraft with school supplies and other emergency aid to Jordan to help Syrian refugee children. Norwegian provided an aircraft and crew to fly school supplies and emergency aid to the refugee camp Za’atari, located by the Syrian border in Jordan. Norwegian and UNICEF have also made joint efforts in a fund raising campaign where Norwegian’s passengers and UNICEF members could make donations to help fill up the aircraft with emergency aid. The goal of raising 2 million NOK was reached, and the aircraft’s cargo, overhead bins and all seats were filled with emergency aid. The children in Za’atari made a strong impression on CEO, Bjørn Kjos: “Without education there is little hope for the future of Syrian children. For us in Norwegian, this has been the most important flight of the year," he said when visiting the refugee camp. Watch the film from Za'atari.

Fill up a plane 2015 - Za'atari.

Norwegian and UNICEF conducts "Fill up a plane" flights once a year. In October 2014 Norwegian and UNICEF filled a plane with emergency aid to help children in the Central African Republic (CAR). Watch a video from our visit to CAR.

1 NOK from each water bottle sold on board

In 2013, Norwegian donated 1 NOK from each water bottle sold on board to UNICEF'simportant work. Our passengers bought 1.3 million water bottles throughout the year and therefore contributed 1.3 million NOK to the world's children. 

Grand jubilee donations

Norwegian had its tenth anniversary on 1st September 2012 and marked the day with a grand jubilee concert at Fornebu. Concert proceeds of 1 million NOK were donated to UNICEF. 

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