MIAMI – Antonov Airlines has transported 2,500 oxygen concentrators totaling 70 tonnes from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Delhi, India, for its Indian general sales agent, Flywell Aviation Pvt. Ltd., and supply chain service provider, Delhivery.

The flight from Tel Aviv included a technical refueling stop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The concentrators were loaded into one of Antonov Airline’s seven AN-124-100 planes, which can carry up to 150 tonnes of cargo.

The number of Coronavirus cases in India is at an all-time high, and there is a serious oxygen shortage for patients. Oxygen concentrators absorb and filter ambient air to produce up to 95% pure oxygen, which can then be administered to patients via nasal cannulas or oxygen masks.

Antonov Airlines Antonov An-124-100M-150 loading cargo. Photo: Luca Flores/Airways

Comments from Antonov Airlines

According to Andriy Blagovisniy, commercial director of Antonov Airlines, AN is well prepared when it comes to transporting urgent medical equipment within a short time frame thanks to “our many years of working on humanitarian aid programs and disaster relief projects.”

Blagovisniy added that with its ramp access and huge cargo space, the AN-124-100 aircraft was able to load and unload this urgent cargo quickly.

Featured image: Antonov AN-124. Photo: Matthew Calise/Airways