FLIGHT PACKAGE: RFDS CEO Grahame Marshall (left) and Rio Tinto vice president organisation resources Kevin Lewis at the Rio Tinto Life Flight jet. Photo: Bohdan Warchomij

Rio’s $6m keeps RFDS jet in the air

MINING giant Rio Tinto has signed up with the Royal Flying Doctor Service for a further four years to sponsor the Life Flight aero medical jet.

The new, $6 million agreement further strengthens the two organisation’s relationship, which was given a boost in October 2009 when the Rio Tinto Life Flight jet was launched.

Rio’s president of Pilbara operations, Greg Lilleyman, said the $6 million agreement brought the company’s total amount of funding support for the RFDS to $11 million.

He insists the funding package is not a sponsorship, or a gift, or even a donation, but a partnership between two like-minded companies.

RFDS chief executive officer Grahame Marshall agrees the relationship is much more than merely a financial one.

“It’s not just about putting money into a jet that benefits everybody,” Mr Marshall told WA Business News.


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