Virgin Atlantic delivers aid to India


Virgin Atlantic has partnered with Khalsa Aid to deliver over 200 boxes of oxygen concentrators to Delhi, India.

The concentrators will be onboard the VS300 flying at 20:15 on Saturday 30 April from London Heathrow to Delhi. Following the success of this first flight, the airline has subsequently offered support to the Indian Government on its flights to India next week, opening up space to carry further oxygen concentrators.

An oxygen concentrator is a device that concentrates the oxygen from a gas supply by selectively removing nitrogen to supply an oxygen enriched product gas stream. Senior First Officer Jas Singh will be flying the essential medical supplies out to India this Saturday, and was instrumental in partnering with Khalsa Aid.

Singh worked alongside the airline’s leadership team to secure space to carry the oxygen supplies. Simultaneously, Virgin Atlantic Training Captain Chris Hall steered an internal campaign to raise funds to obtain further oxygen concentrators.

Colleagues and friends of the airline have so far raised over £13,000 in just three days. The Virgin Atlantic Foundation has also committed to a donation to Save The Children’s Emergency Fund for the current COVID-19 crisis in India.

Jas Singh, senior first officer at Virgin Atlantic commented: “Having seen the escalating situation in India, I wanted to do everything within my power to support the cause. I was scheduled to fly out this Saturday and so got in touch with Khalsa Aid to see if we could carry the oxygen concentrators they had been crowd sourcing to purchase. It has been awe inspiring to see the generosity of my colleagues, friends and family.”