AER LINGUS has completed its 100th flight delivering essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use in hospitals across Ireland.
The Irish airline has delivered a staggering 1,300 of vital equipment from China since the end of March.
Under the government-led “Critical Supply Operation”, PPE and other essential supplies have been brought back on flights from the Far East by specially-assembled lockdown flight crews.
Crew of five pilots, two engineers and one ground operations team member have been embarking on 28-hour round-trips to the Far East to bring back the equipment.
Upon landing at Dublin Airport, the PPE has been collected by the Irish Defence Forces, who are tasked with delivering the supplies to hospitals and other care centres where it is urgently required.
With as many as five flights taking off a day from the Irish capital, it’s proven a mammoth operation for everyone involved but one that has had a huge impact in Ireland’s battle against coronavirus.
💯 round trips 🇨🇳✈🇮🇪
Flight EI9023 carried the 100th load of PPE since our Critical Supply Operation began.
In total, we've flown around 1,300 tonnes of PPE from China to Ireland. pic.twitter.com/8KEkGjj71x
— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) May 16, 2020
This past Saturday, May 16, marked Aer Lingus’s 100th flight bringing PPE back to Ireland from China.
A spokesperson for the airline said: "Flight EI9023 carried the 100th load of PPE since our Critical Supply Operation began.
"In total, we've flown around 1,300 tonnes of PPE from China to Ireland."