Qatar Airways Cargo has airlifted 300 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and oxygen canisters on its B777 freighters to India as the country struggles to find answers to its raging COVID-19 problem.
The shipments, free and made up of donations by individuals and companies around the world in addition to existing cargo orders, were transported in a three-flights-convoy to Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi as part of the company’s We Qare sustainability project.
“Having seen with great sorrow the impact this further wave of COVID-19 infections has had on people in India, we knew we had to be part of the global effort to support the valiant health care workers in the country,” said Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive of Qatar Airways. ““We are in a unique position to offer immediate humanitarian support through the provision of aircraft to transport much needed medical supplies, as well as coordinating logistical arrangements. We hope today’s shipment and further shipments in the weeks to come will help ease the burden on local medical workers and provide relief to the impacted communities in India.”
“We deeply appreciate the gesture of Qatar Airways to carry free of charge essential medical supplies to India and supporting the fight against COVID-19,” said Deepak Mittal, India’s ambassador to Qatar.
Qatar Airways Cargo has transported more than 20 million doses of life-saving vaccines as part of a five-year memorandum of understanding signed with UNICEF to support the organization’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative.
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