Swiss International Air Lines has conducted a total of seven charter cargo flights from Shanghai (China) to Switzerland on behalf of the Swiss Red Cross. The flights, which brought medical equipment and testing materials to Switzerland, were performed with the close support of the company’s Swiss WorldCargo division.
In total, the flights brought in over 20 million protective facemasks and 300 000 protective overalls. The flights were performed with Airbus A340 and Boeing 777-300 aircraft. To make maximum use of the space available, the cargo was carried not only in the hold but also in the passenger cabin.
Above Photo: The first cargo-only flight landed in Geneva. On behalf of Geneva University Hospital and the Canton of Geneva, the Swiss Boeing 777-300 carried syringes and several million surgical masks from Shanghai to Switzerland.
Swiss and its Swiss World Cargo division have performed more than 80 cargo-only flights since the end of March, transporting over 1,300 tons of airfreight between Asia and Switzerland. The cargoes concerned have consisted mainly of medicines and medical supplies and equipment for the Swiss healthcare system.
Swiss plans to operate over 100 further cargo flights on behalf of various private and public entities between now and the end of May. The Airline of Switzerland will also introduce a new network of cargo-only services offering regular cargo flights between Zurich and Shanghai (up to three times daily), Beijing (up to twice daily), Chicago and Tokyo (twice weekly) as well as Bangkok and Singapore (weekly). Further destinations are expected to be added to the new network over the next few weeks.
In a further development, Swiss is considering to remove the Economy Class seating from three of its twelve Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to meet the growing demand for air cargo capacity. More than 800 seats would be deinstalled at Zurich airport for this purpose. The modifications would help ensure consistent and regular goods deliveries and thereby help keep Switzerland optimally connected with the world in the difficult present conditions – particularly for the provision of medical and humanitarian supplies to and from the country.
Above Photo: On April 22, two machines for the production of FFP2 protective masks arrived in Switzerland. We are proud that we were able to transport the machines from Shanghai to Zurich on behalf of the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) and the Health Department of the Canton of Zurich.
All above photos by Swiss.
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