LATAM Airlines Group has delivered more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines free of charge through its Solidarity Plane programme.
The vaccines were transported within Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru through the initiative, which makes LATAM’s connectivity and capacity available for the benefit of South America.
Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group says: “We have been working to overcome the pandemic for a year and nine months, and it is with great pride and thanks to the efforts of all our collaborators that we exceed 200 million vaccines transported free of charge today. We will remain committed and available to support the well-being of the people of South America.”
In addition to transporting vaccines, more than 1,860 organs and tissues; 3,323 health professionals attended urgent Covid-19 cases; 657 patients with urgent medical needs; 17 stem cells for blood cancer patients; and more than 1,100 tonnes of cargo has also been transported under the programme.
IAG Cargo has reconnected London Heathrow and Rio de Janeiro following a 20 month break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The service restarted on 1 December, operating four times a week using a British Airways Boeing 787, adding to daily services from Madrid operated by Iberia.
The connection is expected to be a key route for automotive parts into Brazil and for electronic and e-commerce goods to move between Europe and South America.
London – Rio services are important for perishable exports such as papayas and melons, which can be transported using IAG Cargo’s Constant Fresh service designed for perishable goods.
dnata USA has been awarded IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Accreditation at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport.
The ISAGO audit programme covers areas of organisation and management, load control, passenger and baggage handling, aircraft handling and loading and aircraft ground movement.
Benefits to airlines, ground handlers and authorities include safer ground operations, fewer accidents, elimination of redundant audits, reduced costs, a uniform audit process and harmonised standards, among other benefits.
David Barker, Divisional Senior Vice President for Airport Operations at dnata says: “We consistently invest in training, equipment and industry-leading technologies to deliver world-class safety for our staff, partners and their customers. The achievement of the ISAGO accreditation is a remarkable milestone which demonstrates our relentless commitment to safety and service excellence.”