With the coronavirus spreading to 201 countries and regions worldwide, an unprecedented amount of essential medical supplies are needed. This includes face masks, gloves, ventilators and test kits.
Aviation is the first choice when it comes to transporting cargo like these. Aircraft can reach any corner on earth, fast and safe.
This unique situation has lead to many unusual flights, including cargo flights operated by passenger jets and special military aircraft flights.
Volga Dnepr Group
The second-largest cargo aircraft in the world, the Antonov An-124, has played an important role during the pandemic. Its massive capacity allows for the highest transporting efficiency.
Two An-124s, registered as UR-82009 and UR-82029, arrived at Shanghai Pudong Airport yesterday from Almaty.
Also, yesterday an An-124 with 100 tonnes of medical supplies, including between 10 to 13 million masks, landed at Roissy – Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France.
Last week, two An-124s, registered as RA-82077 and RA-82047, chartered by Italy flew from Shenzhen to Milan packed with medical supplies. Due the limitations of its range the flight made two technical stops, one at Ulan-Ude and one at Moscow.
Another Volga Dnepr aircraft, the Ilyushin IL-76, has also participated in transporting medical supplies. Last week, RA-76951 flew from Shanghai to Madrid with two technical stops in Irkutsk and Moscow.
airBaltic Airbus A220
airBaltic performed a flight from Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport in China to Riga, carrying 5.1 tonnes or approximately one million face masks and respirators. The 6 hour and 35 minutes flight was operated by an A220-300 with registration YL-CSI.
Air France Cargo
Yesterday, a Boeing 777F Air France (F-GUOB) brought 100 tons of medical