IndiGo marks 100 days of flying by enabling India’s first ever blood plasma transport in CarGo

2 nd airline globally to successfully transport plasma in CarGo
 2 bags of convalescent plasma flown from Bengaluru to Srinagar

IndiGo, in its bid to support the country in its fight against the pandemic, created
the first ever blood plasma corridor to save the life of a patient suffering from COVID-19. The plasma
units were transported on IndiGo CarGo from Bengaluru to Srinagar via connecting flights. The plasma
was first flown from Bengaluru to Delhi on 6E 363 followed by the connecting flight from Delhi to
Srinagar 6E 2486. The plasma sustained a transit period of over 8 hours and was delivered
successfully at the government hospital in Srinagar today. IndiGo is the second airline in the world
to have transported plasma successfully onboard CarGo.
Shri B. Sriramulu, Hon’ble Minister, Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka
speaking on the occasion, applauded the efforts of the IndiGo Team who assisted the medical team to
achieve this feat on ground and in air! He emphasised the 4th T in the implementation strategy for
COVID is Teamwork (5T -Trace, Test, Treat, Teamwork and Training). “It was a proud moment that
Karnataka is leading the way to show how we can save lives by flying that extra mile.”
Mr. Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer and Wholetime Director, IndiGo said, “At IndiGo, we are
continuously looking for opportunities to contribute to the nation and our citizens’ fight against COVID19. The creation of the first air corridor in India to transport blood plasma can have a huge positive
impact on the treatment of COVID-19 patients through plasma therapy. I would like to congratulate the
IndiGo CarGo team for making this possible and commencing a new chapter in the history of aviation in
India”.
Dr. Vishal Rao, Associate Dean, HCG Cancer Hospital said, “At a time when the medical community is
looking at possibilities to save lives of seriously ill COVID-19 patients, plasma therapy is one of the
promising lines of treatment being explored. HCG Plasma bank has been able to cater to hundreds of
needy critical patients. The creation of a successful air corridor opens up new possibilities for the
treatment of patients with COVID-19 with plasma from anywhere in the country. We would like to thank
Captain Rahul Srivastava, IndiGo CarGo team and BIAL in helping us save lives by making this possible.”
This was the first instance in the country, where two convalescent COVID Plasma bags were transported
in CarGo from Bengaluru to Kashmir for critical COVID-19 patients. Recently, an inter-state green
corridor – over a 348-km stretch for 4.5 hours – was created to transport convalescent plasma from
HealthCare Global Cancer Hospital in Bengaluru to a private hospital in Chennai on August 04, 2020.
Recently the US FDA has authorised the use of plasma therapy. It’s use in moderate, severe and critical
illness can yield results of upto 100%, 80% and 60% respectively. Earlier intervention with plasma
therapy in patients would be ideal to save more lives.