New Delhi: Aerospace major Airbus has expanded its COVID relief operations in India by distributing over 36 tonnes of additional medical equipment to the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS).
In addition, it had deployed manned flights to move supplies overseas as well as within the country.
Notably, Airbus further enhances its individual contribution to the global humanitarian effort to combat the second wave of COVID-19 infections in India by distributing oxygen plants, ventilators, oxygen concentrators, BPAP breathing machines and mobile intensive care units (ICUs). Used to be.
On Wednesday, an A350 test plane delivered part of a consignment containing oxygen concentrators and ventilators from Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France.
The rest of the material is sourced from India, the company said.
“Airbus stands behind India in solidarity and service. Our focus is on supporting not only our employees, customers and partners but as many people as possible in India,” said Remi Maillard, President and MD, Airbus India and South Asia.
“This is our common fight against the virus and we at Airbus are committed to doing our best to help in this challenging time for India and the world.”
According to the company, Airbus’ latest contributions include two oxygen generator plants, 250 oxygen concentrators, 30 ventilators, 100 BPAP breathing machines and four ICU-on-wheels.
Currently, the company is working with the Government of India and IRCS, the nodal agency for handling international aid, to ensure smooth deployment of materials.
Additionally, the Airbus Foundation is in touch with international and Indian NGO partners to support any need to transport relief materials from Europe.
The Airbus Foundation has also secured helicopter flight hours to deliver aid within India.
“The crisis is still ahead. Its repercussions will have to be managed over the coming months,” Maillard said.
“Our Indian NGO partners are already evaluating the impact of the crisis on the livelihoods and education of children. Airbus will support them to meet the additional challenges.”