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British Airways Flies Vital Medical Supplies to Britain, Including Ventilators and PPE

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  • British Airways 777 aircraft that contains vital medical provides for the NHS is on route to the UK, thanks to land later on this afternoon

  • Cargo delivered in joint energy amongst British Airways, IAG Cargo, the British isles Governing administration and the British Embassy in Beijing

  • Independent cargo of hand sanitiser staying flown in more than the coming times

A British Airways aircraft loaded with important medical provides from China is on its way back to London Heathrow.

Captain Robert Kendall is heading a staff of flight crew working the British Airways Boeing 777 which is loaded with ventilators as properly as personal protecting tools (PPE) like goggles, face guards and gowns.

The flight was operated in partnership with the British isles Governing administration and IAG Cargo. The British Embassy is operating with the Office of Wellness to procure medical tools from China and supply it to NHS hospitals all more than the British isles.

The flight departed from Shanghai at 11am local time on 9 April and is thanks to contact down at Heathrow later on this afternoon.

Today’s flight was the 1st of many British Airways flights that contains medical tools and provides coming in to the British isles from China. Above the coming times, 55 tonnes of hand sanitiser – equal to around sixty two,000 huge bottles – will arrive in the British isles on a identical flight from Shanghai.

Minister of Point out for Asia, Nigel Adams explained: “I am delighted that we have been equipped to reopen the British Airways route from Shanghai to supply lifesaving tools that we have bought for the NHS.

“We have been operating spherical the clock to bolster the NHS provides and preserve lives and we are searching for further more deliveries as a subject of urgency.”

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Main Government, explained: “We are accomplishing all we can to support the world-wide response to Covid-19, no matter if it’s flying vital medical provides in to the British isles or supporting to bring Britons dwelling. We will carry on to use all offered sources to support the Governing administration, the NHS and communities all more than the environment who may possibly be in have to have of our assist.”

The flight was produced probable after the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) gave permission to reopen British Airways’ common Shanghai to Heathrow passenger route for cargo use.

British Airways works with its sister organization, IAG Cargo to fly provides around the environment. Since March, IAG Cargo and airways within just Worldwide Airways Team (IAG) like Aer Lingus and Iberia have been instrumental in bringing medical provides to Europe to assist in the battle towards the affect of the Covid-19.

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