Air India has been operating cargo flights to international destinations since the lockdown. Among the flights operated were Boeing 787 flights to Guangzhou from Delhi on April 18 to pick up medical supplies. The airline has also operated medical cargo flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong.
A statement from the Air India spokesperson is awaited.
“The news has made quite a few pilots, currently rostered to operate repatriation flights anxious. Under the Vande Bharat mission schedule pilots have layovers in places like New York where the number of Covid cases are high,” said a source.Under the government guidelines formulated for the repatriation flights, the airline crew undergoes a swab test for Covid-19 before and after they operate the flight. Post flight, the crew proceed to a hotel where they wait for the test results, which takes 24-48 hours. If they test negative, the airline car drops them to their residence. Five days after arrival, the crew take another Covid test. If this test too return negative and the crew concerned doesn’t suffer from any symptoms of this virus only then could they be rostered for further flying duties. The pre-flight Covid test requirement is that the sample for the swab test should have been collected within five days of date of departure and it should test negative.
Air India crew operating the repatriation flights don the full PPE gear, including the hazmat suits, gloves, mask and goggles. However unlike the earlier Covid repatriation flights carried out by Air India, what’s different now is that night halts for crew have been planned in cities like NewYork, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, London and Singapore.
Air India had laid down SOPs to ensure that the crew remain safe during their stay abroad. Arrangements for transportation and hotel accommodation at the contracted hotels, on a full board basis, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner were made so that the crew needn’t step out for food. A note in this regard sent last week by AI executive director Capt R S Sandhu said : “Due to the major Covid problem in Manhattan NewYork, all crew should be accommodated at the contracted Newark hotel.” The note added that crew transport, movement control staff, availability of company doctor for pre and post flight medical exam should be ensured at all these foreign stations.
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