in Aerospace

Virgin Atlantic delivers 3.5m items of PPE and medical supplies to UK from China

Posted 21 April 2020 · Add Comment

Virgin Atlantic has delivered 3.5 million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) in to the UK aboard special cargo-only flights which have been chartered by the Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS.

Above: Virgin Atlantic has delivered 3.5 million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) in to the UK aboard special cargo-only flights.
Courtesy Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Today the airline is operating another 26-hour round trip between London Heathrow and Shanghai, with flight VS251 arriving from China this afternoon. Stowed on board are tonnes of crucial medical supplies and PPE, in the cargo hold of the Boeing 787-9 aircraft and also on the seats in the cabin, following special dispensation from the CAA.

Manned by seven pilots and four cabin crew, who rotate duties and rest time, each flight carries an average of 16 tonnes of essential items to keep NHS heroes working on the frontline safe and support patients who are in great need.

Since the first charter on Friday 3rd April, which was supported by Virgin Unite and Virgin Group, over 80 tonnes of medical supplies and PPE have been transported, including 50 ventilators, 1.8 million face masks, 600,000 face shields and visors, one million disposable gloves, 38,000 items for eye protection, and 75,000 protective coveralls and isolation gowns.

Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said: “We’re hugely grateful to the NHS health and care workers who are working so hard to help the nation and respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

“Working closely with the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care, Virgin Atlantic is transporting over 100 tonnes of crucial medical supplies and PPE in to the UK on special cargo charter flights from Shanghai this month, through Heathrow airport. Special dispensation from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) means that we can store cargo in the cabin as well as the cargo hold, ensuring even more essential medical supplies can reach the UK this week and be distributed by the NHS to frontline staff.”

The emergence of Covid-19 has led to Virgin Atlantic operating cargo-only flights, a first for the airline since its launch in 1984. Special exemptions from the imposed travel restrictions for pilots and cabin crew – whose health and wellbeing remains our top priority - mean that cargo operations can continue, ensuring the airline can continue to support vital supply chains across the globe.

Virgin Atlantic’s first-ever cargo-only flight, VS698 from London Heathrow for New York JFK, took place only on 22nd March 2020.

The flights are operated in partnership with the UK Government and Virgin Atlantic. The British Embassy is working with the Department of Health and Social Care to procure medical equipment from China and deliver it to NHS hospitals all over the UK.





* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Aerobility launches Armchair Airshow

Scheduled for 20th June and free to view, the Armchair Airshow 2020, organised by disabled flying charity Aerobility, promises live pilot interviews, walk-throughs and never before seen air-display and in-cockpit footage.

Kaman delivers 80,000th F-35 rear fuselage packer to BAE Systems

Kaman UK has delivered its 80,000th rear fuselage packer to BAE Systems for its F-35 manufacturing programme.

Aircraft deliveries hit record low for April

Global aircraft orders and deliveries in April were heavily affected in the crisis caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Thales and Skyports partner on NHS drone delivery trial in Scotland

Thales and Skyports have partnered to conduct a drone delivery trial for the NHS in Scotland, to support the UK's COVID-19 response.

New report explores development of UK UTM

A new report from Connected Places Catapultís explores the steps the UK has taken to be at the forefront of commercial drone development and identifies the steps yet to be taken in order to remain in the global race towards Unmanned Traffic

Atkins and Gama Aviation awarded MARs contracts

Atkins and Gama Aviation Plc have been reappointed to continue delivering Military Airworthiness Reviews (MARs) to the Royal Air Forceís HQ Air Command (HQ Air) and The British Armyís Joint Helicopter Command (JHC).

AVMENA20 SK14191020
See us at
SMI favws BT0602040620DVD 2020