Qatar Airways on 29th April 2021 had announced that it will fly vital medical supplies free of cost to India as the country is experiencing its worst wave of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Qatar Airways Cargo deployed 3 Boeing B777 freighters to India yesterday which carried approximately 300 tonnes of medical supplies from around the world to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
The 3 flights departed India one after the other bound for Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. These flights were part of Qatar Airways Cargo’s WeQare Initiative.
Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, said:
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. As the leading air cargo carrier in the world, 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.
The cargo shipment which departed yesterday included PPE equipment, oxygen canisters and other essential medical items. It consisted of donations by individuals and companies around the world in addition to existing cargo orders.
Dr. Deepak Mittal, Ambassador of India to Qatar, said:
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.
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