Published on March 28th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


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:

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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