Qatar Airways has volunteered free air cargo transportation for medical relief aid organised by Chinese embassies and consulates worldwide to fight the coronavirus emergency. The country’s national carrier has aims to independently donate millions of medical-grade masks and sanitization bottles to areas in China most urgently in need.
Medical supplies donated by Chinese communities worldwide will be flown by Qatar Airways Cargo freighters through its global network of 170 destinations to its China cargo gateways in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau.
Qatar Airways Cargo delivered the first batch of critical medical relief aid to Shanghai on 2 February 2020. The shipment included 100,000 medical-grade N95 respiratory masks and 2,700 medical-grade disposable latex gloves, providing essential protection to healthcare professionals working around the clock at hospitals in Hubei Province, the epicentre of the virus.
“Green Channel initiative.”
Under the relief programme by Chinese overseas communities, 700 kilogrammes of medical aid have already been donated by Chinese businesses and communities in Qatar alone. The ‘Green Channel’ initiative for complimentary air transportation was announced jointly by Qatar Airways and the Chinese Embassy in Qatar.
Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive of Qatar Airways said: “We are taking immediate actions to help alleviate the heart-breaking and devastating situation in China. We hope to make a positive contribution, leveraging our strengths as one of the world’s leading air cargo carriers and strong network of partnerships.”