Thursday, June 03, 2021

Airbus Enlists A350 Test Aircraft To Fly Humanitarian Aid To India

Airbus has enlisted its A350 test aircraft to fly humanitarian aid to India. Including ventilators and oxygen generators, the shipment is intended to help the country as it remains gripped by its second COVID-19 wave. The wave has proved particularly deadly due to the spread of the Delta variant.

As India grapples with one of the worst COVID-19 spikes seen yet, there has been an outpouring of support from across the world. Aviation has been key to this aid, having the means to move cargo across the globe in short time frames.

It hasn’t just been airlines that have been ferrying humanitarian aid to India. Yesterday, the second A350 to be built took off from Toulouse at 17:38 as AIB201. According to data from, the jet flew for eight hours and 45 minutes at altitudes between 37,000 feet and 41,000 feet.

It then touched down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in New Delhi at 05:54 this morning. The flight was the second wave of support that Airbus has given India in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday’s flight contained aid, including two oxygen generators, 30 ventilators, and 250 oxygen concentrators.

02/06/21 Tom Boon/Simple Flying

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