British Airways has flown a Boeing 777-200 aircraft loaded with 1,349 items of emergency medical aid to Delhi, India, as the nation’s coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis intensifies.
The airline on Wednesday (5th May) confirmed its efforts, stating that oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, respirators and blood oxygen saturation monitors, were all part of the load.
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According to a statement, the flight was due to land in Delhi at 5:45am (local time) today.
Commenting on the support, Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chief Executive and CEO, said, “The British Airways family has been deeply affected by the terrible scenes in India of the deepening humanitarian crisis that has impacted the lives of many of our people.”
“We are fortunate to be in a position to help transport aid and I am so proud of the volunteers from across the airline and IAG Cargo who have stepped up to make this happen. We continue to stand with our friends in India as the country endures one of the worst crises it has ever known.”
British Airways works in partnership with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which is organising the UK’s humanitarian response.
Saleh Saeed, Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee, said: “The DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid charities to respond quickly and effectively to disasters, with the fantastic support of partners in the corporate sector, including British Airways.”
“We are hugely grateful to British Airways for springing into action to support our emergency appeals, enabling us to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to people in India and elsewhere across the world when disaster strikes.”