Coronavirus: PM Modi’s appreciation letters given to Air India staff for Wuhan COVID-19 rescue op

New Delhi: Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister (I/C), Civil Aviation, today handed over the letters of appreciation issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the 68 Air India Staff, who conducted evacuation operation of the Indians stranded at Wuhan. Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Civil Aviation; Rajeev Bansal, CMD, Air India; Ashwani Lohani, Ex-CMD, Air India; along with other senior officials from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air India were present on the occasion. A total of 647 Indians, as well 7 Maldivians, were evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Appreciating the team’s effort, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “We are proud of the intensive commitment shown by the Air India team to bring home their countrymen in spite of very trying conditions in the epidemic-hit Wuhan.” He further added, “I feel proud to confer the appreciation of our Prime Minister expressed through personal letters to all those who had been part of this historic mission. I heartily thank all of them once again for their service to the nation.”

An emergency evacuation operation from Wuhan city in Hubei Province, China, was executed by the crew of Air India, which sent two 423-seater B-747 aircraft for two consecutive days, on 31 January and 1 February, despite being aware of the severe situation in the region.

The operation was led by Captain Amitabh Singh, Director Operations, Air India, with 68 members of Air India. The Air India team consisted of 8 pilots, 30 cabin crew, 10 commercial staff and one senior officer.


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