Atlas Air donates two China-US uplifts of critical PPE

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Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings through its Atlas Air arm donates air cargo transport to NYU Langone Health for critical personal protective equipment (PPE) from China.

Two flights were operated for this mission, including one from Shanghai (PVG) to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on 9 April and a second from Shanghai to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on 13 April.

The Atlas Air-operated B747-400 freighters were filled with medical gowns, face shields and masks necessary to safeguard frontline responders dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Atlas Air Worldwide’s headquarters is located in the New York area served by NYU Langone.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the accessibility of PPE for healthcare workers at NYU Langone Health, and across the world,” says Robert I. Grossman, MD, chief executive officer of NYU Langone Health and dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine. “We extend our heartfelt thanks to Atlas Air for their extraordinary generosity, and for their efforts to ensure that our community is well-equipped in our ongoing battle against COVID-19.”

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Atlas Air pilots in PVG set to make the return journey to JFK.

Since the coronavirus pandemic spread through New York City, care teams across NYU Langone Health’s system have selflessly devoted themselves to treating affected patients, Atlas notes.

“We are grateful to our neighbour NYU Langone for treating those in our New York community, and are inspired by their medical teams who are on the front lines,” says John W. Dietrich, president and chief executive officer, Atlas Air Worldwide.

“We are proud to do our part to help the frontline responders continue to meet the overwhelming needs of New York City and the surrounding area. We thank our extraordinary crew members and ground staff for their tireless efforts in making these relief missions possible.”

Atlas Air Worldwide and its subsidiaries have been involved in a number of mission critical transports to support frontline heroes, including coordination in the US with the country’s Coronavirus Task Force, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),’s Frontline Responders Fund, and outside the US with national governments and international business partners.

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