Our FLE team (FLE stand for “Fiumicino Logistica Europa” – which is part of the BCUBE Air Cargo) has been involved in life saving shipments in Fiumicino, managing the operations for our customer Air India. The airline that has just started transporting the “zeolite” – the essential component for oxygen generation.
The first flight carrying zeolite took off from Rome on Saturday and landed in Bengaluru early on Sunday morning. In the coming weeks Air India will be operating over 15 flights to import zeolite from countries across the world. 7 charter flights have been scheduled from Rome, followed by 8 charter flights from Korea and USA.
Zeolite, also called molecular sieve, are microporous crystalline solid of aluminium silicate that have small openings of fixed size to trap large molecules, while allowing small molecules to pass through. Atmospheric air contains 78 % nitrogen and about 20 % oxygen and zeolite absorbs or traps nitrogen onto its surface.
Zeolite is used in the Medical Oxygen Plant (MOP) technology, developed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) for on‐board oxygen generation. The technology will now be used to generate oxygen for medical purposes to battle the current oxygen shortage brought on by the Covid second wave.