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Air Canada Launches Cargo-Only 787-9 Dreamliner Flight in Support of India Relief Efforts

In collaboration with the Toronto Business Development Centre and the Government of Ontario, Air Canada is launching a cargo-only Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight to Delhi, in support of India relief efforts.


Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy Air Canada

On Tuesday (May 18, 2021), Air Canada announced the launch of a cargo-only Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight from Toronto Pearson Airport to Delhi, in support of the ongoing India relief efforts. The special flight will be operated today in collaboration with the Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) and the Government of Ontario. The cargo includes 40 tons of essential medical supplies including oxygen cylinders, oxygen generators and PPE. Air Canada will also transport 100 ventilators donated by the Saskatchewan Government. The new medical equipment donated by government agencies and partners will be consigned to the Red Cross upon arrival in Delhi.


In Tuesday’s announcement, Air Canada's Vice President of Cargo, Jason Berry, said,


“We are all deeply saddened by the devastating situation in India, and no one can remain indifferent to what is happening now in that part of the world. When flights to India were suspended on April 22, the movement of essential goods between the two countries was also halted. Today, with this exceptional cargo-only flight, we are grateful to be able to help and contribute to these relief efforts by shipping critical medical supplies. We worked closely with the Toronto Business Development Centre and the Government of Ontario to ensure timely support, in solidarity with the affected communities.”


Also commenting on the relief flight, Toronto Business Development Centre’s Chairman, Vikram Khurana, added,


“We share a strong and deep relationship with India, and we stand with its people and frontline workers during these difficult times. India is the world's largest vaccine manufacturer and has so far shipped over 66 million doses around the globe. We invite the global community to help them fight the pandemic because unless everyone is safe, no one is safe.”


Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. The Canadian flag carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance and the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. For the last two years Air Canada was also named Global Traveler’s ‘Best Airline in North America.’



Source: Air Canada