Amidst India’s second wave of COVID outbreak showing no signs of slowing down, Qatar Airways has dispatched a three-aircraft convoy of Boeing 777 freighters to Covid-ravaged India carrying 300 tonnes of aid from around the world.
On Monday, the three flights departed one after the other from Doha for Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi as part of Qatar Airways Cargo’s WeQare initiative.
The shipment flying in includes PPE equipment, oxygen canisters and other essential medical items, collected from donations by individuals and companies around the world in addition to existing cargo orders.
Quoting the Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, the report 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 report quoting India’s ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal, 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.”