World’s largest cargo plane with 96 tonnes of protective gear set off to Poland
The world’s largest cargo plane with 96 tonnes of protective gear to fight COVID2019 has taken off from China to Poland, state news agency PAP reported on Monday.
A Ukrainian Antonov An-225 ‚Mriya’ (Dream) aircraft.Photo: EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO
The giant Antonov An-225 Mriya plane will bring more than 1,050 cubic meters of face masks, medical gowns and protective helmets purchased by Polish state-owned firms KGHM and Lotos, PAP reported.
KGHM CEO Marcin Chludziński said in a Tweet Monday that this is the first operation of the AN-225 aircraft in the fight against COVID2019, and that next flights will take place, among other, to France.
The six-engine 84-metre-long plane is scheduled to land in Warsaw on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, more than 50 tonnes of personal protective equipment, including 6 million masks and 70,000 suits, arrived in Warsaw on board an Antonov An-124 cargo plane last week, officials have said.
Michał Dworczyk, head of the Polish Prime Minister’s Office, said at the end of last month that Poland would launch an “air bridge” with China to fly in protective equipment for medical staff working to counteract the coronavirus outbreak.