India received over a 1,000 Oxygen Concentrators by air between Tuesday-Wednesday, to help to address the issue of acute shortage of oxygen in the country during the on-going fight against COVID-19.
SpiceJet Airlifted 1,000 Devices
SpiceXpress, the air cargo arm of SpiceJet, today airlifted 1,000 oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong to Delhi. These oxygen concentrators have been ordered by SpiceHealth for emergency use and distribution across India. An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that concentrates oxygen from ambient air.
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) said that it facilitated the arrival of 256 Oxygen Concentrators from Singapore weighing approximately 5.5 tonnes (5,510 kgs converted in tons).
Transported via Singapore Airlines, the first shipment landed in Mumbai on Tuesday at 21:52 hrs and the second on Wednesday, April 28 at 10:10 hrs carrying 128 oxygen concentrators each.
Consignment Offloaded in 15 Minutes
Various stakeholders involved in the process at Mumbai airport led by Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) ensured that the offloading of these shipments was given topmost priority and the entire process was completed in a span of 15 minutes.
SpiceHealth, working actively with state governments and hospitals across the country to address the issue of acute shortage of oxygen, said the 1000 piece consignment from Hong Kong was the second big consignment of oxygen concentrators ordered and delivered to it.
In the last two weeks, more than 2,000 oxygen concentrators have been airlifted by SpiceJet for SpiceHealth.
SpiceXpress’s B737 freighter aircraft airlifted the consignment. The oxygen concentrators will reach Delhi via Kolkata.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “Considering the current situation across the country, our focus is to airlift as many oxygen concentrators, BiPAPs and other medical devices as possible to cater to the increasing demand.”
Mr. Singh explained that SpiceJet and SpiceHealth are collaborating actively to contribute in our country’s dedicated efforts to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
20,000 Oxygen Concentrators Being Brought
“We have airlifted more than 2,000 oxygen concentrators so far and we are looking at bringing about 20,000 oxygen concentrators in the coming days from across the globe,” he said.
The recent spike in cases has led to an increase in demand for oxygen across the country. Oxygen concentrators devices are particularly helpful for patients who are isolating at home isolated as well as for meeting the demands of hospitals running low on oxygen.
In the wake of the pandemic, the team at CSMIA has been relentlessly operating the cargo handling activities to cater to the greater need to mobilize and supply essential life-saving commodities across India and the world.
A veteran in the movement of pharmaceutical goods, CSMIA has a well-defined process for the faster turnaround of the essential medical goods and trans-shipment movements.
The air cargo is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and CSMIA’s prior experience in the transportation of essential medical goods across the world enables the airport to extend its support during these challenging times.
Ever since the lockdown began, SpiceJet and SpiceXpress have played critical roles and worked relentlessly to ensure that the country’s supply chain remained intact.
The airline has helped in the transportation of vital goods, medical supplies and fruits and vegetables to all corners of India and the world.
SpiceJet has transported more than 1.5 lakh tonnes of cargo since March 25, 2020.
The airline has also transported a record 88,802 kg of COVID vaccine shipment with a total dosage of 34 million COVID vaccines between January 12 and April 12, 2021.
To ensure seamless delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine both within and outside the country, SpiceJet has tied up with multiple partners including Brussels Airport, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC), Adani Ahmedabad International Airport among others.
The airline has also tied-up with global leaders in cold chain solutions offering active and passive packaging and has the capability to transport extremely sensitive drugs and vaccines in controlled temperatures ranging from -40°c to +25°c.