Private Jets Turned to Cargo Planes to Bolster COVID-19 Relief Effort

Vimana Private Jets is helping the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic by switching its fleet of luxury private jets to cargo operations carrying medical equipment wherever it’s needed.

Since the start of the pandemic, the company has delivered over 300 tonnes of medical resources, including face masks, PPE and medicines, to countries where hospitals lack the critical means to treat COVID-19 patients.

Despite usually flying celebrities, governments, heads of state and the super-rich around the globe, Vimana has experience in dealing with emergencies. Over the years, the company has dispatched aircraft to natural disaster and war zones to transport medical and security staff to help with effort on the ground, and now it’s loading its fleet with cargo to help fight COVID-19.

Inside one of Vimana Private Jets.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that global air cargo has maxed out capacity by as much as 30%, and although shipments of many manufactured and high-tech goods have dried up as the global economy stalls, carriers are experiencing hyper-demand to move medical supplies, protective equipment, and foodstuffs around the globe. E-commerce shipments are also high on the agenda, as people sheltering at home use only delivery services.

“We got involved when government officials who use our services asked if we could help,” explains Ameerh Naran, Founder and CEO of Vimana. “Due to a chronic shortage of commercial cargo aircraft, we didn’t hesitate to offer our support to deliver medical equipment where it’s most needed. There is an urgent and pressing need, especially in many developing countries. Our long-standing relationships with Civil Aviation Authorities and airports have been especially useful in getting things moving quickly. 

“We have successfully delivered to countries desperate for these supplies. With our highly trained teams working across four continents, we can respond very quickly and efficiently to every urgent request. Vimana Private Jets is proud to be able to assist with the global collective effort. We will continue to work with governments and NGOs worldwide to assist in any way we can, for as long as is needed”

Vimana Private Jets is an independent broker with access to over 5,000 aircraft worldwide, and strives to offer solutions tailored to each individual client’s needs. Services include on-demand charters, long-term leases and sales acquisitions of private and commercial aircraft.

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