MIAMI – British Airways (BA), and sister company IAG Cargo, operated a cargo flight that landed in New Delhi (DEL) with 18 tons of medical equipment on Saturday, May 22, as such supplies are urgently needed to fight the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic surge.

As indicated by a BA press release, the flight was operated by a Boeing 777-200 freighter aircraft. It took ten days to plan and load the cargo composed of critical medical equipment, PPE, and oxygen concentrators.

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER G-VIIC. Photo: Milan Witham/Airways

Urgent Medical Supplies


According to Livemint.com, the majority of the cargo consisted of oxygen concentrators, badly needed by Indian Hospitals, as they are overwhelmed by a large number of severely ill people. The country is facing a shortage of vaccines, oxygen, drugs, and other equipment. BA has already performed a similar flight in the course of the last two weeks.

The airline commented on the shipment, saying, “The total weight of the medical aid was 18 tonnes, made up of five thousand pieces. Among the medical equipment were hundreds of oxygen concentrators from charities, including Oxfam, Khalsa Aid, Christian Aid, and LPSUK.”

As announced by the Indian Union Health Ministry, India recorded under 300,000 cases for six consecutive days, 257000 cases recorded in a single day, and a total of 26.2 million total contaminations. The death toll stands at 295525.

Urgent cargo ready to be loaded. Photo: British Airways media

Comments from Oxfam, British Airways


Danny Sriskandarajah, Oxfam CEO, stated, “This emergency kit could mean the difference between life and death for people in India facing a deadly second wave of coronavirus. “Oxfam is able to respond in India thanks to the generous support of partners such as British Airways and all those who have donated to our emergency appeal.”

“We’re hugely grateful to British Airways for providing this free cargo space to transport vital aid." Danny Sriskandarajah, Oxfam CEO Click To Tweet

Sean Doyle, BA Chairman, and CEO said, “Earlier this week, we welcomed customers back on board as international travel starts to open up, but we are mindful that the fight against Covid-19 is not over yet. Our business has a deep connection with India, it is only right that we continue to support by joining our travel and charity partners to transport much-needed medical equipment to India.”


Featured image: British Airways Boeing 777-200 G-YMMI. Photo: Ervin Eslami/Airways