Qatar Airways, Cargolux fly medical relief to China to combat virus
FIVE aircraft - two 747Fs and three 777Fs departed one after the other for Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as part of Qatar Airways medical relief mission organised by Chinese embassies and consulates worldwide to fight the coronavirus outbreak
FIVE aircraft - two 747Fs and three 777Fs departed one after the other for Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as part of Qatar Airways medical relief mission organised by Chinese embassies and consulates worldwide to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Providing free air transport, Qatar Airways also flew 2,500,000 face masks and 500,000 bottles of hand sanitiser donated by the carrier, reports Mumbai's Stat Trade Times.
Said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker: 'By working with the Chinese Embassy in Qatar we hope our combined efforts can help limit the spread of this virus, ease the burden on local medical personnel and provide relief to the impacted communities in China.'
Said the Chinese ambassador to Qatar, Zhou Jian: 'At this critical moment, Qatar Airways has opened a 'green channel'. This is a channel of love, friendship, solidarity and hope. We are deeply grateful for that.'
The air convoy follows an earlier batch of critical medical relief aid flown by Qatar Airways Cargo to Shanghai on February 2 The shipment included 100,000 medical-grade N95 respiratory masks and 2,700 medical-grade disposable latex gloves, providing essential protection to healthcare professionals working around the clock at hospitals in Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus.
Also Cargolux, in coordination with the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, will dispatch a total of 75,000 face masks and 44,000 sanitary wipes on its flight to Zhengzhou. These products are intended for distribution among the airline's business partners in the region as a mark of support in these challenging times.
'This donation is a token of our appreciation for the long-lasting partnerships we have enjoyed over the years. Our business partners in Zhengzhou have shown unwavering dedication and support for our operations,' said Cargolux CEO Richard Forson.