Air cargo sector continues to fly life-saving medical equipment to India

SpiceXpress is the freight arm of SpiceJet

The air cargo industry is continuing to fly life-saving medical supplies and equipment to India, as the country fights against its second wave of Covid. Read the latest updates below.

JUNE 17: Air Logistics Group has donated medical grade 5 litre oxygen concentrators to help Covid patients in India. The concentrators were imported by Air Logistics Group (India) from the UK through its East Midlands office.


JUNE 14: FedEx Express donated a third charter flight to transport more than 250,000 face shields; 100,000 goggles; 80,000 coveralls and gowns; and around 134,000 KN95 and N95 masks from the Memphis to Mumbai.


MAY 24: IAG Cargo recently teamed up with Oxfam, Khalsa Aid and Christian Aid to deliver 5,000 items of medical supplies, amounting to a weight of 18 tonnes, to India. Cargo on the B777-200 flight included PPE and oxygen concentrators. The flight, which was a special charter, was funded by IAG Cargo and British Airways.


MAY 19: Air Canada Cargo is supporting India relief efforts in collaboration with the Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) and the Government of Ontario by operating a Boeing 787-9 cargo-only flight to Delhi from Toronto Pearson Airport. The flight will carry 40 tons of freight including critical medical equipment such as oxygen cylinders, oxygen generators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Air Canada will also be carrying 100 ventilators donated recently by the Saskatchewan Government.


MAY 17: Antonov Airlines has transported 70 tonnes of oxygen concentrators from Tel Aviv in Israel to Delhi in India for its Indian general sales agent Flywell Aviation Pvt., and supply chain services provider Delhivery. The 2,500 concentrators were carried one of Antonov Airline’s seven AN-124-100 aircraft with a payload of up to 150 tonnes.


MAY 17: Oman Air has activated an emergency cargolift initiative to help ferry critical medical aid to India. The ‘Covid cargolifts’ will be rolled out on routes to India for the next 15 days, in cooperation with Oman’s Foreign Ministry and the Indian community in Oman, and will guarantee 10 tons of free cargo space on several Indian routes to assist humanitarian organisations and agencies in the transport of essential medical equipment and supplies.


MAY 16: FedEx Express donated a second charter flight to transport more than 780 oxygen concentrators and more than 1.8m KN95 masks, as well as medicines and pharmaceutical supplies on a Boeing 777F. The supplies were provided by Direct Relief and were carried from Newark in New Jersey to Mumbai in India, to be delivered to healthcare facilities in India.


MAY 14: SpiceXpress, the cargo division of Indian carrier SpiceJet, has airlifted around 55,000 oxygen concentrators and Covid relief material in just over three weeks. Out of this, 51,000 oxygen concentrators were transported from the US, Singapore and China, and 4,660 were transported domestically. The equipment was carried on SpiceXpress’ widebody and narrowbody cargo aircraft.


MAY 12: Russian freighter operator Volga-Dnepr Airlines has operated three charter flights from China, Ireland and Germany, to India. More than 200 tonnes of medical equipment — including oxygen storing containers, concentrators and cryogenic containers — were transported on the carrier’s An-124-100 and Il-76TD-90VD aircraft to various parts of India.


MAY 12: Emirates SkyCargo established a humanitarian airbridge between Dubai and India to transport urgent medical cargo and support the country’s fight against Covid-19. As part of the airbridge operations, Emirates SkyCargo is also offering available cargo capacity free of charge to nine cities in India. The carrier has already transported medicines and medical equipment on scheduled and charter cargo flights to India.


MAY 9: FedEx Express donated a charter flight carrying more than 3,400 oxygen concentrators, converters, and nearly 265,000 KN95 masks. The flight originated in Newark in New Jersey and delivered the goods to Mumbai in India.

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