Qatar Airways has now introduced an air bridge between Vietnam and France. Thanks to this arrangement, eleven Boeing 777 freighters will operate from Hanoi in May and four Boeing 777 passengers only per week will be operated from Ho Chi Minh City until June for its client, Bolloré Logistics.
The flights will carry more than 2,000 tonnes of essential medical items, face masks and personal protective equipment to support the French government and the French Ministry of Health in the fight against the pandemic.
These flights are in addition to the airline’s ten scheduled weekly cargo ships from Vietnam.
Mr. Guillaume Halleux, chief cargo officer said: “We are happy to support France in their fight
against the Covid-19 pandemic. Our entire team works hard to provide critical medical care
supplies arrive where they are needed most. We could not have done this without the help of our business customers who have helped us prioritize aid and relief shipments over their existing business arrangements. These are difficult times, but I am convinced that we will all come out stronger after the crisis has ended. “
Since March 2020, the freight carrier has operated a number of Boeing 777F charters and
regular flights, bringing more than 5,000 tonnes of medical and emergency supplies to France. The carrier has also operated numerous charters with humanitarian aid and relief goods to several destinations in Europe.
The airline continues to operate a large cargo schedule with approximately 175 cargo flights per day. In recent months, the freight operator has worked closely with governments and NGOs to transport more than 100,000 tonnes of medical supplies and aid to affected regions around the world on scheduled and charter services, equivalent to around 1000 fully loaded Boeing 777 freighters.
To ensure the safety of its crew and its cargo, the transporter has put in place special procedures
ground handling, including compliance with social distancing guidelines to ensure minimum contact between staff. All of its cargo and passenger aircraft are fitted with face masks, gloves and hand sanitizers, and all crew members and personnel are screened regularly. Qatar Airways Cargo uses its full freight fleet on schedule and operates cargo cargo flights to destinations whenever possible.