Aviation Wrap: Cathay delivers medical supplies, Emirates' emotional send off, LATAM's repatriation efforts + MORE! - Travel Weekly

This week’s Aviation Wrap has got us flying high with a spate of good news stories detailing what the industry is doing to help out during the global pandemic.

Cathay Pacific Freighters arrive in Australia with medical supplies 

Starting from Saturday, 4 April 2020, five Cathay Pacific passenger aircraft operating as Cargo only aircraft touched down in Brisbane, delivering essential personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers on the frontline fighting COVID-19 in Australia.

The 777-300 aircrafts departing Hong Kong collectively carrying more than 700 cubic metres of medical supplies. It’s expected the much-needed supplies will be distributed nationally over the coming days.

This is not goodbye: Emirates ground crews around the world give an emotional send-off to last flights

Emirates ground crews from around the world, including those in Australia, bid farewell to their last operating flights back to Dubai last week.

The last flight out of Australia, EK 415 from Sydney to Dubai, departed on the 25 March at 6am.

Over the next weeks, Emirates’ operational teams will focus on preparing for service resumption. As per UAE government directives to protect communities against the spread of COVID-19, Emirates has temporarily suspended all passenger flights from 25 March 2020.

The airline has received approval to carry passengers on certain flights. Effective Monday 6 April, initial flights will commence from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich, with 4 flights a week to London Heathrow, and 3 flights a week to the other cities.

REX to continue flying in QLD

Following a last-minute intervention from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Regional Express (Rex) has agreed to reverse its decision to suspend services from 1 April 2020.

Rex will resume full services on Wednesday 1 April 2020
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