KUALA LUMPUR: MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the cargo arm of Malaysia Airlines, has been working round-the-clock to manage the influx of medical equipment in the nation’s fight against Covid-19.
Chief executive officer Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh said the cargo airline is cooperating with the Ministry of Transport (MOT), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa) and National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to ensure that all medical equipment is delivered as needed.
“To accommodate the unusually high airfreight demand, we are innovating by using our passenger aircraft to carry only cargo called the P2C project,” he said in a statement yesterday.
To date, he said, MASkargo has done 94 P2C flights since March 22 and more than 250 flights are planned up to May 31, 2020.
He said the cargo airline’s freighters have been very busy fulfilling charter requests on top of the scheduled flights thus hitting a very high utilisation rate.
“We have completed four charters this month and have several more planned, made up mostly of medical equipment for frontline healthcare workers,” he said.
He said another chartered flight arrived from Shanghai yesterday filled with almost 40 tonnes of medical equipment such as masks, goggles and other hospital gear.
“We will keep our aircraft moving to support Malaysia’s demand for urgent goods amid the outbreak,” he added. – Bernama