Even in trying times, India’s private airlines take part in coronavirus relief

India’s airlines are putting their aircraft, grounded due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to good use.

Yesterday (April 7), SpiceJet operated the country’s first “cargo-on-seat” flight carrying vital health care and medical supplies. It deployed a Boeing 737 NG passenger aircraft on the Delhi-Chennai-Surat-Chennai-Mumbai-Delhi route on behalf of various state governments and pharma firms.

“Special seat covers made from flame-proof material were used…and the cargo…was secured with restraints. To ensure optimum utilisation of space, the overhead bin was also used (besides the aircraft belly),” SpiceJet said in its media release.

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