IAG’s British Airways ups its PPE China flights

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IAG Cargo has been working with its sister company British Airways (BA) to continue flying essential PPE supplies around the world. Some 21 BA flights will operate from China (Shanghai PVG) to London (LHR) each week, up from 13 this time last week.

IAG Cargo has worked with British Airways to operate cargo-only flights which will be able to carry up to 770 tonnes of cargo, including vital medical supplies and personal protection equipment (PPE), for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) each week, including PPE and ventilators.

The cargo was shipped in joint effort between British Airways, IAG Cargo, the UK Government and the British Embassy in Beijing.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and chief executive, says: “As an airline we are in a unique position to help in the global response to Covid-19, whether it is through carrying UK residents back home, transporting vital cargo back to the NHS, or through our colleagues who are offering their skills to volunteer.

“We’re proud to be playing our part, and I’m grateful to everyone who is working to make these flights happen.”

Since March, IAG Cargo and airlines within International Airlines Group (IAG) including Aer Lingus and Iberia have been instrumental in bringing medical supplies to Europe to help in the fight against the impact of the Covid-19.

Last week, British Airways began carrying cargo in the cabin of its flights, as well as in the hold – the first time the airline has ever done this.

IAG Cargo says it continues to offer customers the opportunity to charter their own flights and transport cargo in the belly and cabin of aircrafts, maximising available space.

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