Thursday, April 02, 2020

Reliance seeks 10 Air India charter flights for medical supplies from China

New Delhi: Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has contacted national carrier Air India to operate 10 charter flights to ferry coronavirus related medical items such as hand-sanitisers and masks from China. Sources told BusinessToday.In that air freight charges for the shipments are yet to be negotiated.

Apart from Reliance, a few other companies are also planning to import medical equipment from China and are discussing their plans with Civil Aviation Ministry.

A questionnaire sent to Reliance Industries did not elicit any response.

While domestic carriers, Air India being in the forefront of carrying medical equipments and other essential items, have been operating charter flights to move cargo locally this will be first time any Indian carrier would be bringing supplies of coronavirus-related medical supplies from China.

Ministry of Civil Aviation has been co-coordinating with states and airlines for operating charter cargo flights.

Also read: Coronavirus: 16 companies set to sell COVID-19 test kits in India

As part of India's war against COVID-19, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched "Lifeline Udan" flights for movement of medical and essential supplies across the country and beyond.  A total of 74 flights have been operated as of April 1, 2020 for transporting medical cargo across the country.
02/04/20 Business Today
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