200.000 FFP2 masks arrived in Romania with a TAROM plane
200.000 FFP2 masks arrived in Romania, with a TAROM race, following a purchase made by China by UNIFARM SA. The materials will be distributed to hospitals designated for the management of confirmed cases with the new coronavirus, with priority to those in counties with a large number of people confirmed positively.
Tarom aircraft, which landed tonight at Otopeni airport, made the flight based on a commercial contract for April 2-3, 2020, on the route Bucharest - Almaty (Kazakhstan) - Shenzhen (China) to bring 9 tonnes (about 100 mc) of sanitary materials needed in the fight with the new coronavirus virus (COVID-19).
200.000 FFP2 masks
It is the first commercial flight of this type (full cargo) made by the company Tarom. The Boeing 737-800 YR-BGJ was used. The crew consisted of seven people: three pilot pilots - Cristian Iancu, Adrian Preda, Mădălin Gherghina - under the direction of the flight director, the instructor pilot Florin Susanu; two aircraft technicians - Florin Postolache and Cristian Mitu and a loadmaster, Andrei Petre.
After returning to the country, coming from a yellow area regarding the spread of Covid 19, the crew will enter the period of mandatory isolation and then may be scheduled for the next flights.
Other transports containing purchases made by Compania Națională Unifarm SA are expected, which will be communicated as they materialize.
Boeing 737-800 TAROM
Currently, the Tarom Company has prepared two Boeing passenger aircraft of the category 737-800 NG that it can convert (seats removed) to perform full cargo flights and transport materials or equipment. Tarom will continue to honor any request for such flights given the acute need for medical supplies and equipment so needed in the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
"As we have stated since the beginning of this crisis, TAROM will respond to any initiative aimed at supporting the fight against this pandemic. Moreover, we are actively trying to find solutions and come up with proposals in support of the authorities, and the fact that seven of our colleagues have volunteered to face any risk and fly to China is further proof that we are prepared to remain first. line.
I thank them for their efforts and the other colleagues who worked on the conversion of the two aircraft to obtain, in a very short time, this freight capability. I mention that this race would not have been possible without the immense support given by the Representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Romania in the People's Republic of China and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Romania, ”said TAROM Director General George Barbu.