First chartered overseas flight arrives at Pudong to help battle against virus

Huang Yixuan Ding Yining
Plane chartered by the Orient International Group carrying protective clothing and masks to be used in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak arrived in Shanghai on Friday.
Huang Yixuan Ding Yining

Shanghai saw the first chartered plane carrying anti-epidemic supplies arrive in the city on Friday morning, bringing about 249,600 protective suits and more than 136,000 face masks to help contain the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The Orient International Group’s chartered Eastern Air Logistics plane took off from Amsterdam at 1:07am local time and landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 11:09am on Friday.

The goods were supplied by Danish manufacturers and shipped from warehouses in the UK and Poland.

An Orient International staff member said the group collected 125,000 ordinary medical masks in Japan on January 25, and about 75,000 higher-level masks had been airlifted from Japan to Pudong on January 28. Then on Wednesday, nearly 70,000 more high-level protective masks were delivered by air, along with more than 80,000 sets of general-level masks.

It is expected that 400,000 masks the group has imported from South Korea and 1.08 million masks imported from Japan will arrive in Shanghai on February 2 and 3, respectively.

Meanwhile, 450,000 sets of protective gear were delivered to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on Thursday from Shanghai on a China Post cargo flight. 

The medical materials purchased by Tencent and Fosun International from Japan and the UK arrived in Shanghai on Thursday morning.

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