Virgin Atlantic Cargo resumes UK-China airfreight services
VIRGIN Atlantic Cargo has become the first British airline to recommence scheduled services to China, operating three flights each week from London Heathrow airport to Shanghai
VIRGIN Atlantic Cargo has become the first British airline to recommence scheduled services to China, operating three flights each week from London Heathrow airport to Shanghai.
The cargo capacity on two of the three times weekly Boeing 787-9 flights from China will be used exclusively by the UK Department of Health and Social Care to boost deliveries of personal protective equipment and medical supplies for front-line NHS staff, reported AJOT.
Virgin Atlantic has so far completed five flights from Shanghai for the NHS, with its Boeing 787-9 services having already delivered 80 tonnes of cargo consisting of 3.5 million items of personal protective equipment, including 50 ventilators, 1.8 million face masks, 600,000 face shields and visors, one million disposable gloves, 38,000 items for eye protection, and 75,000 protective coveralls and isolation gowns.
The airline has been given permission to carry cargo on the aircraft's passenger seats and in overhead lockers as well as the cargo hold to maximise the payload of each flight.
As well as providing urgently needed capacity to ship medical equipment to the UK, the Monday, Thursday and Saturday departures from Heathrow will also provide a vital trade lifeline for British exporters and their freight forwarding partners on one of the country's prime trade routes.