Published on March 28th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer0
Aer Lingus Begins COVID-19 Flights to Beijing
Aer Lingus Flight EIN9018, operated by Airbus A330-302 EI-EAV, departed Dublin this morning at 1053 on the way to Beijing (PEK/ZBAA) to collect medical supplies to aid the national effort in the fight against COVID-19. The aircraft will collect masks, face shields, gowns, scrubs, gloves, bio-hazard suits, and other Personal Protection Equipment for our doctors, nurses, and other staff on the frontline.
A total of 60 flights will be operated by the airlines’ fleet of A330’s crewed by volunteer pilots, engineers and logistics staff. Once on the ground, the crew will remain onboard to reduce the chance of infection and prevent the requirement to self-isolate on return to Ireland. The return flight is due back into Dublin tomorrow morning. You can track the progress of the flight here.
Prior to departure this morning, Dublin ATC had this message for the crew: