Cryogenic containers airlifted from China to Kolkata


The consignments were then loaded on to large trailers and transported to Linde’s plant in Jamshedpur, around 280km away….reports Asian Lite News

At a time when India is struggling to contain the pandemic and fighting with oxygen shortages, 12 cryogenic containers — each of 20 tonne capacity — were airlifted to Kolkata airport from Tianjin in China on Sunday morning on a Russian cargo flight, according to reports.

Imported by Linde, which is one of the prime manufacturers of medical oxygen in India, the consignment reached the airport on a Volga-Dnepr cargo aircraft that touched down at 6.30am, the Times of India reported.

The consignments were then loaded on to large trailers and transported to Linde’s plant in Jamshedpur, around 280km away.

SpiceXpress, the air cargo arm of SpiceJet, on Monday airlifted 700 oxygen concentrators from China’s Guangzhou to New Delhi, said the airline adding that it has airlifted more than 4,400 oxygen concentrators from the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore and China in the last two weeks.

According to a statement issued by SpiceJet, SpiceXpress used its B737 freighter aircraft to airlift the concentrators from Guangzhou, which aircraft landed in Delhi at 10 am on Monday.

SpiceXpress airlifts 1650 oxygen concentrators from Nanjing, China(Twitter)

The airline informed that SpiceXpress had on April 24 airlifted 800 oxygen concentrators, followed by another consignment of 1,000 oxygen concentrators on April 28 from Hong Kong to Delhi. These oxygen concentrators had been ordered by SpiceHealth for emergency use and distribution across India, it said.

With a network spanning 63 domestic and 50 international destinations and a fleet of 19 cargo planes, SpiceXpress is capable of flying over 600 tonnes of cargo daily to domestic and international destinations, SpiceJet said.

The airline in its statement further said that ever since the lockdown began in March 2020, it 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, it said.

The airline also stated that it has transported more than 1.5 lakh tonnes of cargo since March 25, 2020, and a record 88,802 kg of Covid vaccine shipment with a total dosage of 34 million Covid vaccines between January 12 and April 12 this year. (with inputs from ANI)

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