SpiceXpress, the air cargo arm of SpiceJet, uplifts 1,000 oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong (HKG) to Delhi (DEL) as India’s Covid-19 crisis turns catastrophic.
The situation in India is dire with hospitals overwhelmed and severe shortages of oxygen. There have been at least 300,000 new infections every day in the past week, with more than 360,000 new cases in the past 24 hours on Wednesday as the country marked a grim milestone of 200,000 deaths.
The oxygen concentrators have been ordered by SpiceHealth for emergency use and distribution across India. An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that concentrates oxygen from ambient air.
SpiceHealth, a healthcare company launched by the promoters of SpiceJet, has been working actively with state governments and hospitals across the country to address the issue of acute shortage of oxygen.
This is the second big consignment of oxygen concentrators ordered and delivered to SpiceHealth. In the last two weeks, more than 2,000 oxygen concentrators have been airlifted by SpiceJet for SpiceHealth.
SpiceXpress’s B737 freighter aircraft airlifted the consignment and the oxygen concentrators will reach Delhi via Kolkata (CCU).
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet, says: “Considering the current situation across the country, our focus is to airlift as many oxygen concentrators, BiPAPs and other medical devices as possible to cater to the increasing demand.
“SpiceJet and SpiceHealth are collaborating actively to contribute in our country’s dedicated efforts to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. We have airlifted more than 2,000 oxygen concentrators so far and we are looking at bringing about 20,000 oxygen concentrators in the coming days from across the globe.”
SpiceHealth has been actively involved in the country’s fight against Covid-19. Since its launch in November 2020, SpiceHealth has conducted more than two million RT-PCR tests and has spread its operations across five states – Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttarakhand.
SpiceHealth has also been actively manufacturing healthcare devices like SpiceOxy ventilators and fingertip pulse oximeters. Proudly ‘Made in India’, SpiceOxy is a compact, portable, non-invasive ventilation device, which is an effective solution for patients with mild to moderate breathing issues.
With a network spanning 63 domestic and 50 international destinations and a fleet of 19 cargo aircraft, SpiceXpress is capable of flying over 600 tonnes of cargo daily to domestic and international destinations.
From the start of the pandemic, SpiceJet and SpiceXpress have played a critical role in ensuring that the country’s supply chain remained intact, the company says. The airline has helped in the transportation of vital goods, medical supplies and fruits and vegetables to all corners of India and the world.
The airline has also transported a record 88,802 kg of Covid vaccine shipment with a total dosage of 34 million Covid vaccines between 12 January and 12 April 2021.
To ensure seamless delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine both within and outside the country, SpiceJet has tied up with multiple partners including Brussels Airport, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC), Adani Ahmedabad International Airport among others.
The airline has also tied up with global leaders in cold chain solutions offering active and passive packaging and has the capability to transport extremely sensitive drugs and vaccines in controlled temperatures ranging from -40°c to +25°c.