Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Air India to operate first Delhi-Singapore rescue flight from Thursday

New Delhi: National carrier Air India is all set to operate the first 'special ferry' flight from New Delhi to Singapore on Thursday, under India's massive ‘Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded Indians from abroad.

Accordingly, the airline following the laid down Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) which were released on Tuesday has tested its pilots and crews for Covid-19 and is expecting their reports by Thursday afternoon.

The airline has readied the aircraft and taken care of all other logistical aspects to embark on this mission.

According to highly placed sources, the Delhi-Singapore flight will be the first in the 64 ferry services which will be operated by the airline and its subsidiary Air India Express from May 7-13. It will also be the only one to be operated on Thursday.
"There is no delay in our flight operations, we are following all the set guidelines, which were released only yesterday. In such a short while we have achieved readiness and are only awaiting the final test report," sources told IANS.

India will commence one of the world's largest air rescue operations from May 7, when the two airlines will start the first phase of the mission. As per plans, these two airlines will operate 64 flights in 7 days to bring back 14,800 stranded Indians from 12 countries. Overall, more than 190,000 Indian nationals, who would have to pay a one-way ferry service charge, are expected to be brought back in an airlift operation that might last couple of weeks or even more.
06/05/20 Rohit Vaid/daijiworld
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