Singapore Airlines (SIA) delivered the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to Singapore earlier Monday evening onboard one of its Boeing 747-400 freighters.
“The delivery of this first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to Singapore is an important milestone in the fight against Covid-19, and we are honoured to be able to play a part in this,” said SIA’s Senior Vice President Cargo, Chin Yau Seng, in a statement Monday.
“It also served to demonstrate SIA’s and the Singapore air hub’s readiness for the very important job of transporting and distributing Covid-19 vaccines internationally,” he added.
According to SIA, this was also the first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipment to be delivered to a country in Asia.
The vaccines were carried on board SQ7979, a scheduled freighter service from Brussels, Belgium, to Singapore.
The flight departed on Saturday and arrived in Singapore today at approximately 1955 hours.
Prior to Monday’s delivery flight, SIA said it conducted a successful shipment trial on Dec 19, 2020, on the same freighter flight route.
Source: NAM News Network