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LONDON - Over the last three months, while the majority of the British Airways fleet has been grounded due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the airline has been keeping vital air links open to repatriate UK residents and fly much needed PPE equipment to the UK for the NHS.

Since March 29, the airline has operated 134 worldwide repatriation flights carrying nearly 40,000 passengers.

"The airline’s rescue efforts have seen it fly from more than 33 cities in 21 countries," British Airways said. "It has meant the carrier flying from Guyana, Cuba, Tanzania and Bangladesh, destinations not normally part of British Airways’ route network."

As well as playing its part in reuniting families and friends, British Airways and IAG Cargo continues to fly vital PPE, medical supplies and food on 21 charter flights a week from China to the UK. To enable the airline to carry as many supplies as possible, it has temporarily converted two of its Boeing 777 passenger jets into dedicated cargo aircraft, removing seats to create an extra 100m³ of space on each flight.

"Since our first repatriation flight from Peru with nearly three hundred customers at the beginning of this global pandemic, we have flown to countries that we have never operated to before, bringing tens of thousands of citizens home to their loved ones," said British Airways CEO Alex Cruz.
© | Image: British Airways | 07/07/2020 08:26

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