British Airways has disclosed that its relief flight touched down in India on Friday 21 May for the second time in two weeks as the crisis continues to grip India.
According to the airways, the cargo only flight (BA257F) departed London at 5pm on Friday 21 May and landed in Delhi at 5.45am (local time).
The total weight of the medical aid was 18 tonnes, made up of five thousand pieces. Amongst the medical equipment were hundreds of oxygen concentrators from charities including Oxfam, Khalsa Aid, Christian Aid and LPSUK. Fuel partner, Air bp supported the flight and British Airways has ensured the flight is carbon offset.
Danny Sriskandarajah, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, said: “We’re hugely grateful to British Airways for providing this free cargo space to transport vital aid like PPE and oxygen concentrators to India, where Oxfam and partners are delivering urgent medical supplies to hospitals and health centres in some of the worst-hit areas.
“This emergency kit could mean the difference between life and death for people in India facing a deadly second wave of coronavirus.
“Oxfam is able to respond in India thanks to the generous support of partners such as British Airways and all those who have donated to our emergency appeal.”
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “Earlier this week, we welcomed customers back on board as international travel starts to open up, but we are mindful that the fight against Covid-19 is not over yet.
Our business has a deep connection with India, it is only right that we continue to support by joining our travel and charity partners to transport much needed medical equipment to India.”
British Airways and IAG Cargo have continued to keep vital air links open between London and India throughout the pandemic, sending aid on scheduled flights, but this is a special charter that has been funded by British Airways, Air bp, NATS, HAL and Indian ground handlers. Over the last 10 days, British Airways has been coordinating with charities and aviation partners both in the UK and India to plan the meticulous load of this aircraft.