Geodis deploys Antonov AN-124 aircraft to deliver 13m masks to US
FREIGHT forwarder Geodis has transported 13 million masks from China to the US utilising an Antonov AN-124, the world's second largest aircraft
FREIGHT forwarder Geodis has transported 13 million masks from China to the US utilising an Antonov AN-124, the world's second largest aircraft.
The shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) arrived at Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and is the largest delivered to the airport during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Geodis Americas president and CEO, Randy Tucker, said: 'With the help of an Antonov AN-124, Geodis has been able to make sure millions of essential workers receive the masks they need to stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
'Our team at Geodis and our partners, including the Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport, that helped make this happen so quickly are supply-chain heroes.'
Experienced in this critical element of the global supply chain response to Covod-19, Geodis established an air bridge between China and France to transport PPE for the French Government as early as March. Involving multiple flights over the subsequent weeks, and employing two Antonov AN-124s, the consignments will consist of several hundred million masks, the company said in a statement.