Sunday, April 05, 2020

Air India launches Delhi-Shanghai air bridge for critical medical supplies

Air India today operated its Boeing 777 to Shanghai from Delhi full of critical medical supplies thus creating air bridge between the two countries fighting Covid-19 pandemic. Though there is no fixed schedule for the route, Air India will be flying as and when there is a demand.

B777-300ER has a cargo capacity of 25 tonnes and 58 tonnes payload capacity in the non-USA routes.

Nirbhik Narang executive director, cargo, Air India, said “We operated the B777 passenger flight full of critical medical consignments in the belly hold in the Mumbai- Delhi- Shanghai route to fight against Covid-19 which will be coming back tomorrow early morning. We will operate through the route as and when there is any demand to move essential supplies between the two cities.”

Till date, Air India has already flown 42 passenger flights just with the belly space cargo full of essential and medical consignments across the country since Covid-19 pandemic has begun. As DGCA has already given permission to use the passenger cabins to move cargo, the airlines have only used the overhead bins.
04/04/20 ITLN
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