SIA to prioritise space for Covid-19 vaccines

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will prioritise the mass shipments of Covid-19 vaccines into and through Singapore when they are available.

The carrier will also conduct test flights to trial vaccine transportation “soon”, similar to what airlines in Belgium and United States are doing.

“SIA will make available cargo space on its flights and accord uplift priority to Covid-19 vaccine shipments across the key vaccine trade lanes, ” said SIA yesterday, noting that it will prioritise its capacity for the vaccines.

“This means readying the Boeing 747-400 freighters, as well as the passenger aircraft fleet which will be deployed on cargo operations to increase the capacity for vaccine transportation where needed, ” the carrier said in a statement.

It has signed agreements with cold chain container providers

to ensure access to sufficient temperature-controlled containers when it starts transporting large volumes of vaccines.

In a media event at Changi Airport yesterday morning, SIA senior vice-president of cargo Chin Yau Seng said: “We have been in talks with some of the vaccine manufacturers and they are open to the idea.“We are working out the details of the trials, so you can expect that in time, ” Chin said. — The Straits Times/ANN

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