Boeing and Uzbek airline fly critical relief supplies to Uzbekistan

Boeing, in association with Uzbekistan Airways, has delivered humanitarian relief supplies to the Aral Sea region of Uzbekistan as part of Project C.U.R.E..

The shipment of hospital beds, mattresses and wheelchairs will help medical personnel and facilities treat the most vulnerable of Uzbekistan’s population, especially during the coronavirus pandemic period.

This is the third humanitarian delivery flight partnership between Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways and was carried out on the airline’s newest 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan Airways is the flag carrier of Uzbekistan.

Ilkhom Makhkamov, Chairman of Uzbekistan Airways, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Boeing and Project C.U.R.E. to bring home a new consignment of medical supplies on our 787-8 delivery flight.

“This third flight builds on our partnership for two previous humanitarian flights in 2016.

“We would like to thank all involved parties for their generosity to support the Uzbek communities during this global pandemic,” Makhkamov added.

Project C.U.R.E. is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical relief, delivering life-saving medical equipment to hospitals and clinics throughout the under-resourced world in more than 135 countries.

In addition to partnering with Uzbekistan Airways and Project C.U.R.E. on the humanitarian delivery flight, Boeing has also donated US$100,000 to support Project C.U.R.E. in its mission to provide medical supplies to Uzbek hospitals and facilities in the Aral Sea region.

People living in the Aral Sea region of the world experience high incidences of disease and some of the world’s highest rates of infant mortality.

Additionally, the new challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic are exacerbated by limited health care facilities, capacity, infrastructure and lack of timely access to medical care.

Melisa Esposti, Project C.U.R.E. Director of Government and NGO Relations, said: “We are very thankful to have the humanitarian assistance transported by Boeing and Uzbekistan Airways to Tashkent as quickly as possible during this unprecedented pandemic.”

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