MUSCAT: Oman Air has so far operated 69 chartered cargo-only flights in the last three months amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement issued online, Oman Air said: “Oman Air continues to serve the nation and its customers with 69 chartered cargo-only flights from April to June, including the highest-ever cargo load the airline has carried on a single flight.”
Oman Air has delivered cargo from 9 cities in India, Pakistan, China, Iran, Malaysia and UAE, for the Royal Oman Police, Ministry of Travel and Tourism, and several commercial customers.
Twenty-seven flights were operated in coordination with the Ministry of Health, using wide-body aircraft, with a total freighted volume of over 386,000 kgs. Another 42 cargo flights contributed to the transportation of over 1 million kg of food, commodities and medical equipment to the Sultanate, in coordination with several governmental and private-sector clients. Three of the flights, from Shenzhen, China, to Salalah, delivered medical supplies for the United Nations’ effort to help people in Yemen.
One flight, an Airbus A330 from Bangalore, India, to Muscat, delivered 49,593 kgs of fruit, vegetables and other perishable food to the Sultanate, which is the heaviest cargo delivery Oman Air has transported in one flight.
In the course of operating 25 flights to repatriate passengers to and from the Sultanate, Oman Air has also brought over 248,000 kg of food and supplies to Muscat using the planes’ cargo capacity.