Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s leading flag carrier company recently airlifted more than 100 tonnes of humanitarian and medical supplies for India to support the country in its ongoing battle against the dangerous second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The country has been recently facing severe shortage of oxygen and other medical commodities.
The company delivered shipments of specialized oxygen concentrators, oxygen generators, and ventilators to different cities of India namely Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. It further added that there has been a sharp rise in volumes for shipments of oxygen, sanitizers, pharmaceuticals, surgical masks, personal protective equipment, and vaccines over the past few weeks.
The passenger flights between Hong Kong and India are still suspended. However, Cathay Pacific has been operating freighters and cargo-only passenger flights through which it has already delivered till date more than 100 tonnes of essential humanitarian and medical supplies to some of the major cities of the country.
Mark Sutch, the regional general manager for South Asia, Middle East, and Africa at Cathay Pacific Airways stated that Cathay Pacific Group has had positive relationships with India since a long period of time. Accordingly, the company feels pained to witness the current situation of the country during the pandemic and understands the critical requirement of shipping medical supplies to India.
Cathay Pacific Group’s dedicated boeing 747 freighter fleet is prepared to deliver humanitarian cargo shipments whenever and wherever required. Sutch added that the expansive global network, freighter operations, and the company’s ability to deploy ad-hoc cargo-only passenger flights have helped the company to deliver essential medical equipment to the Indian communities in a timely manner.