DOHA – Uzbek flag-carrier Uzbekistan Airways (HY) and aircraft manufacturer Boeing have recently transported critical humanitarian supplies to Uzbekistan on board HY’s latest 787-8 Dreamliner.

The supplies include “hospital beds, mattresses and wheelchairs” to “help medical personnel and facilities treat the most vulnerable of Uzbekistan’s population,” Boeing announced in a Wednesday press release.

Uzbekistan Airways UK75702 Boeing 757-23P. Alberto Cucini/Airways

Third Humanitarian Delivery Flight Partnership

The aircraft, carrying eight pallets of humanitarian cargo, landed Wednesday at Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport, a HY news release stated.

Wednesday’s delivery is the third humanitarian delivery flight partnership between Boeing and HY, according to Boeing.

The supplies will be transferred to the country’s Aral Sea region in the coming days, HY stated.

Photo: Uzbekistan Airways

Situation In The Aral Sea Region

Residents of the Aral Sea region reportedly face high incidence rates of disease and experience some of the world’s highest infant mortality rates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation in the region with limited health care facilities, capacity, infrastructure and lack of timely access to healthcare. 

“We are delighted to have partnered with Boeing and Project C.U.R.E. to bring home a new consignment of medical supplies on our 787-8 delivery flight,” Ilkhom Makhkamov, Uzbekistan Airways chairman, stated.

“This third flight builds on our partnership for two previous humanitarian flights in 2016. We would like to thank all involved parties for their generosity to support the Uzbek communities during this global pandemic,” Makhkamov said.

Uzbekistan Airways UK78706 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Nick Sheeder/Airways

Project C.U.R.E

The humanitarian cargo was provided by Project C.U.R.E, an organization Boeing donates to, the aircraft manufacturer stated.

Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E has been providing critical life-saving medical supplies and equipment to healthcare centers across the the “under-resourced world,” the 501c3 nonprofit states on its website.

“We are pleased to have supported Uzbekistan Airways in transporting medical supplies to better empower and equip medical facilities in the region through the Humanitarian Delivery Flight program,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice president of Government Operations, Bill McSherry, stated.

“Furthermore, we are honored to provide $100,000 to Project C.U.R.E. to support its critical work in Uzbekistan, particularly at a time when the pandemic has created a greater demand than ever for critical medical supplies, infrastructure and care.”

Featured image: Uzbekistan Airways UK78705 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Daniel Gorun/Airways