Antonov Airlines transports 70 tonnes of oxygen concentrators from Tel Aviv (TLV), Israel to Delhi (DEL), India for its Indian general sales agent Flywell Aviation and supply chain services provider, Delhivery. The journey from Tel Aviv included a technical stop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for refuelling.
The 2,500 concentrators were loaded onboard one of Antonov Airline’s seven AN-124-100 aircraft with a payload of up to 150 tonnes.
“Antonov Airlines is well prepared when it comes to transporting urgent medical equipment within a short time frame thanks to our many years of working on humanitarian aid programmes and disaster relief projects,” says Andriy Blagovisniy, commercial director, Antonov Airlines.
“Our AN-124-100 aircraft provided rapid loading and unloading of this urgent cargo with its ramp access and large cargo capacity”.
Oxygen concentrators work by collecting and filtering the surrounding air to produce up to 95 per cent pure oxygen, which can then be administered to patients by nasal cannulas or oxygen masks. Coronavirus cases in India are at their highest levels to date and there is a severe shortage of oxygen for patients.
“This flight was successfully completed during unprecedented times working with Antonov Airlines,” says Anil Bal, managing director, Flywell Aviation. “Flywell, through its offices in India, the UAE, the Netherlands, and Romania, provides the airlift of essential items such as oxygen concentrators and cryogenic containers to transport oxygen between cities in India.”
Ajith Pai, chief operating officer, Delhivery, says: “During these unprecedented times, Delhivery is extending its full suite of logistical services to bring in emergency and essential medical loads to support the critical situation on the ground in India.
“We have received the first lot of 2,500 oxygen concentrators from Israel; our efforts are well supported by Antonov Airlines and the Ministry of External Affairs for delivery to administrators, hospitals, and charities around the country in the coming weeks,” Pai adds.
Ukraine-headquartered Antonov Airlines cargo airline operates seven AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ aircraft with payloads up to 150 tonnes, a 60-tonne payload AN-22, the unique 250-tonne payload AN-225 ‘Mriya’, which is the largest aircraft in the world, and smaller AN-74 and AN-26 aircraft.