Air India transports 21 lifeboats from New York to Srinagar overnight

Financially stressed national carrier Air India has flown in 21 inflatable boats from New York to Srinagar to help the flood affected Kashmir.

Responding to a request from a good Samaritan, Air India  made immediate arrangements to transport free of cost the 21 boats by its first available service.

The airline confirmed space on its flights to transport the consignment of 21 inflatable boats weighing approximately 100 kg in 21 boxes from New York to Srinagar via Delhi.

The consignment landed at Delhi by flight AI 102 on 14th September 2014 in the evening and was further carried to Srinagar by AI 866 on the morning of 15th September 2014.

On its arrival at Srinagar, the boats were put into immediate operation. It was a big challenge for Air India to transport the consignment urgently and with utmost care. Earlier, Air India had also carried 15 boats for the Indian armed forces for evacuation during the J&K floods.

Yesterday, Air India transported 20 tonnes of relief material, comprising mostly medicines, drinking water, blankets, cooked food and chlorine tablets, on its two flights from Delhi to Srinagar.