Today (April 15), an Airbus A330-200 of Aerolineas Argentinas, using flight AR 1070 will depart Buenos Aires with a final destination of Shanghai, China
The aircraft will make a technical stopover in Auckland, New Zealand, and its mission will be to bring a shipment of medical supplies back to Argentina to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The equipment is being donated by the Chinese government. The shipment is made up of 100,000 COVID-19 early detection kits, digital thermometers, 100,000 N95 and other surgical masks, gloves and minor equipment, and 50,000 biosafety suits.
A second flight, with a date not yet specified, will bring 1,500 respirators that have not yet been able to be dispatched due to logistics issues from China.
This first flight will have a crew made up of 4 captains and 8 first officers.
Moreover, Aerolineas Argentinas announced 2 new exceptional operations from Cancun and Punta Cana scheduled for April 15 and 16 respectively. Both flights will be carried out with Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which means a total of 530 seats available to Argentines who are still stranded abroad. With the confirmation of the new flights, the company reaches a total of 6 exceptional flights (2 from Cancun, 2 from Punta Cana, 1 from Bogotá and 1 from Quito). In this second phase, Aerolineas Argentinas has offered 1500 seats for Argentines who wish to return home
During the first phase of special flights that took place between March 18 and 27, 44 special repatriation flights were carried out, allowing more than 14,000 people to return to the country. The destinations operated were: Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, San Pablo, Porto Seguro, San Salvador de Bahía, Bogotá, Lima, Miami, Madrid, Cancún and Punta Cana.
Martin Ortiz reporting from Argentina.
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