The coordinated efforts of a group of aviation leaders have resulted in a B747 freighter carrying 50 tonnes of urgently-needed Covid relief aid, including life-saving oxygen machines, arriving in New Delhi (DEL) this week. The cargo is supporting India’s efforts to help victims of the coronavirus variant that has spread with devastating impact across the country.
The delivery of oxygen concentrators, N95 and KN95 masks and isolation gowns from California’s San Bernardino Airport (SBD) is being coordinated by the not-for-profit Another Joy Foundation. The full cost of routing the B747-400 freighter via India will be borne by Sky One FZE, a full-service provider for aircraft leasing, charters, and support services, based in Sharjah, UAE.
Other industry leaders providing support and services to make the relief flight possible are Boeing, FedEx, Regional One, JetTest, UNICAL, Ascent MRO and San Bernardino Airport, which have joined hands and resources to arrange the airlift of relief aid valued at USD 2.5 million.
On arrival in New Delhi, the India Red Cross and SEWA International will distribute the medical supplies to struggling local communities. In total, the charter flight will deliver 5,000 oxygen concentrators, two million N95 masks, two million isolation gowns, two million KN95 masks and two million canisters of EPA-approved COVID Killer Wipes to aid medical professionals and those battling the virus.
With almost 25 million infections to date, averaging 340,000 new infections and over 4,000 Covid-related deaths every single day, India’s healthcare infrastructure is overwhelmed and its communities devastated.
“It is imperative we join hands and resources,” says Sam Sayani, executive director of Another Joy Foundation. “This mission will save thousands of lives. We are grateful to Sky One for providing the B747 freighter for this operation.”
“It truly is a privilege to see our aviation family coming together to make this flight possible and to be of service to people who so desperately need these machines and equipment,” says Charles Szar, CEO of Sky One FZE.
“It is an honour to work hand-in-hand with other dedicated organisations and individuals, and to know that our combined efforts will help to save lives and contribute to making a positive difference in India, which so desperately needs help to fight this terrible virus.”