Special flights - repatriation and cargo - in times of crisis (COVID-19)
The year 2020 started with the "left" for the whole of humanity and especially for commercial aviation. Let's not forget the tragic plane crash that led to collapse of Boeing 737-800 Ukraine International Airlines aircraft. Iran acknowledged that the plane was shot down by an "error", but that didn't bring those back 9 crew members and NUMBER of passengers, who lost their lives following the traditional accident.
Nor did I miss the moment of the plane crash in Iran, because the madness with the new coronavirus COVID-19 began. We live unique moments for us, but not unique for humanity. We are in full pandemic of COVID-19, and commercial aviation and tourism are on the ground. Over 12600 aircraft are detained on the ground, and hundreds of airlines suspended their commercial activities. There are weird scenes at airports around the world.
In these difficult times, some airlines are flying at the request of governments to repatriate citizens trapped in different corners of the world or to transport medical equipment. Thus, we have special flights, some of them worthy of the Book of Records.
2 Wizz Air flights to North America
2 Wizz Air aircraft are flying to North America. They will make a technical stop at Reykjavik, Iceland, for refueling. Both aircraft have the mission to repatriate Hungarian citizens from the United States and Canada.
Airbus A321-200 HA-LVE operates flight WZZ9021 on the route Budapest - Toronto - Chicago - Miami and retainer. While the second aircraft, Airbus A321-200 HA-LVC, flies on the route Budapest - New York - Los Angeles and return, the flight code being WZZ9011. Both aircraft have a single class with 239 seats. The social distance between passengers will probably be respected.
Austrian Airlines operated the Vienna - Sydney flight, the longest flight in the company's history
On 29 March 2020, Austrian Airlines Boeing 777-200ER (OE-LPD) took off on the Vienna - Sydney route. The ones around 16 000 miles were crossed in about 18 hours.
We are talking about a repatriation flight for about 290 European citizens, most of them from Austria, who were stranded in Australia amid the pandemic with the new COVID-19. 16 crew members were also found aboard the plane.
SWISS has made the longest flight in the company's history, on the route Santiago (Chile) - Zurich (Switzerland)
These days, SWISS has made the longest flight in the company's history, on the route Santiago (Chile) - Zurich (Switzerland)Of about 12 000 miles. It was a repatriation flight, which was operated at the request of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
The flight was operated with a Boeing 777-300ER (HB-JNJ). It had the mission to transport about 330 passengers stranded in Chile to Switzerland. The flight duration was 13 hours and 12 minutes.
EL AL operated the first commercial flight between Israel and Australia (LY88)
On 24 March 2020, EL AL operated the first commercial flight between Israel and Australia. He had indicative LY88.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (4X-EDI) EL AL aircraft departed Perth (Australia) on March 24 at 20:45 pm. After about 14 hours and after traveling 11077 kilometers, the aircraft landed at Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). We also mention that the direct flight (LY87) was operated on the Tel Aviv - Perth direction, only without passengers. The flight duration was 13:45 hours.
SAS operated the longest non-stop flight in its history. Copenhagen - Lima with Airbus A350.
On 2 April 2020, SAS operated the longest non-stop flight in its history. He flew the Airbus A350 on the Copenhagen - Lima route to repatriate 290 Scandinavians, who had been stranded in Peru for 3 weeks.
The aircraft used was the Airbus A350-900, registered SE-RSB and christened Hagbard Viking. It was delivered in February 2020. The historic Copenhagen - Lima flight was a good opportunity to make its debut in the SAS fleet.
Airbus A330 MRTT and Airbus A330-800 aircraft operated humanitarian flights
Airbus, the largest aircraft manufacturer in Europe, has put its factory aircraft to a scuffle. They operate humanitarian flights between China and various destinations in Europe.
Last days, one Airbus A330-800neo, one of the test aircraft, had a humanitarian mission and transported to France various medical equipment, much needed in the fight with the new COVID-19.
And on March 26, an aircraft Airbus A330-200 converted to MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) took off from Getafe, Spain, to China to retrieve 4 million masks. He returned to Spain on March 28, 2020.
Airbus A310 MedEvac - "intensive care unit" with wings
Airbus A310 MedEvac aircraft landed in Bergamo, the area of the largest COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. He took over 6 complicated cases that he carried to Germany. Patients will be treated in hospitals in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Airbus A310 MedEvac LUFTWAFFE represents an "intensive care unit" with wings. On board were the medical teams of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).
100 suits have arrived in Romania, aboard a C-000 Globe Master III (photo)
Plant, 100.000 protective suits, were acquired by the Romanian state through the National Centralized Procurement Office, in the efforts to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country.
The flight was performed with a C-17 Globe Master III aircraft, within the quota of flight hours allocated to Romania, as a member of the Strategic Air Transport Capability.
Flights operated by Boeing 747-400F (OL-IFB) ASL Airlines
Boeing 747-400F (OL-IFB) ASL Airlines flew to Liege over 5 million surgical masks, which will be used in the fight with the new coronavirus.
Boeing 747-400F (OE-IFB) ASL Airlines operated flight 3V-802, on the route Shanghai, China - Liege, Belgium. The flight duration was 11 hours and 53 minutes.
On April 7, an Antonov AN-124 aircraft will transport medical equipment to Romania
Last days I was present to you schedule of cargo flights, which will bring to Romania the necessary medical equipment in the fight with the new COVID-19. According to the calendar, On April 7, an Antonov AN-124 aircraft will land in Bucharest.
The presence of a AN-124 in Bucharest it is not a premiere. This type of plane has been to Romania, even several times. According to the chart, the aircraft will carry 200 suits, visors and over 000 million gloves.
Landing of the Antonov AN-225 aircraft in Warsaw, filmed from the cockpit (video)
On April 14, 2020, as I announced a few days ago, Antonov AN-225 flew to Warsaw. The only and unmatched cargo plane landed in the Polish capital, around 11:00 (Romanian time). The event was watched online by tens of thousands of fans of airplanes and flights, but also curious.
The moment of landing in Warsaw was also filmed from the cockpit of the Antonov AN-225 aircraft. The images are spectacular and you can watch them below.
The soldiers of the "Carpathian Pumas" detachment arrived in Mali on board a TAROM aircraft.
TAROM's Boeing 737-800 (YR-BGL) aircraft provided transport to Mali for the 120 Romanian soldiers, which are part of the second rotation of the Carpathian Pumas Detachment mission in the African Republic.
The aircraft, piloted by a crew of the National Air Transport Company, took off on Thursday, April 16, from Bucharest's "Henri Coandă" airport, bound for Gao, Mali, and returned to the country on Friday, April 17.
And the list is open!