Multiple airlines have signed agreements with UNICEF to transport Covid-19 vaccines across the world as part of its Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative and COVAX facility.

    Working with several partners, 16 major airlines and airline groups will help distribute the vaccine and essential related supplies to more than 100 countries worldwide including Air France KLM Martinair Cargo.

    Air France KLM Martinair Cargo’s SVP  of sales & distribution, GertJan Roelands, said: “We’re very pleased to be formalising our partnership with UNICEF by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. We’ve been working together for a long time and are confidently looking forward to participating in this Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative.
    “Our extensive global freight network, expertise, dedicated people and services will play an important role in ensuring the successful shipment of Covid-19 vaccines with the highest priority and under the required strict conditions.”
    In its first round of allocations, COVAX is sending enough doses to 145 countries to ensure that they can immunise around three percent of their population in the first half of 2021.

    To transport the vaccine, UNICEF is working with:

    • AirBridgeCargo
    • Air France-KLM
    • Astral Aviation
    • Brussels Airlines
    • Cargolux
    • Cathay Pacific
    • Emirates SkyCargo
    • Ethiopian Airlines
    • Etihad Airways
    • IAG Cargo
    • Korean Air
    • Lufthansa Cargo
    • Qatar Airways
    • SAUDIA
    • Singapore Airlines
    • United Airlines

    IAG Cargo’s chief commercial officer, John Cheetham, added: “We are incredibly proud to be able to support UNICEF in its work and to continue to play our part in this incredible global effort.

    “We have many years’ experience flying vaccines and bio-science products around the world, delivering them safely to where they need to be. We’ve already transported over one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines across the world, alongside transporting medical equipment, other types of vaccines, Covid-19 testing kits and PPE, as well as continuing to transport everyday products the world needs. Our hub facilities are world-class, and our global team of Constant Climate professionals are specialists in their field and have been preparing for this operation for some time.”