On April 20, the first KLM Boeing 747 with medical supplies from Shanghai landed at Schiphol Airport. By expanding the air bridge between the Netherlands and China, the Netherlands is assured of a continuous flow of relief supplies.
The cargo hold of the Boeing 747 with flight number KL894 from Shanghai, was filled to capacity with, among other things, hundreds of thousands of mouth masks, 30,000 insulation jackets and 30,000 safety goggles. Tomorrow and Wednesday, two more KLM-Boeings will land with medical goods from China, as part of the air bridge. Over the next 5 days, millions of mouth masks are expected.
KLM has especially brought the Boeing 747 combi back into operation for this important cargo airlift for the next 6 to 8 weeks. The almost daily flights ensure a continuous flow of medical supplies from China to the Netherlands.
So far, KLM and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport have already brought 12 million mouth masks, hundreds of thousands of gloves, safety goggles, insulation jackets and hundreds of infusion pumps to the Netherlands.
The supplies were unloaded and prepared for further distribution to Dutch healthcare institutions in the fight against corona, In the presence of Minister Martin van Rijn (Public Health, Welfare and Sport) and president & CEO Pieter Elbers of KLM
“I am proud of the fact that we have been able to expand this air bridge in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. It is extremely important that a lot of medical protection equipment is brought to the Netherlands quickly in the fight against the coronavirus. It's great that KLM can make an important contribution to this in a fast and efficient manner”. KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers
"It's fantastic that the air bridge between China and the Netherlands will bring in a continuous stream of protective equipment. Over the next five days, millions of mouth masks will come in. They are desperately needed at the moment for all those people who are involved in care." Minister Martin van Rijn (VWS).