Gebrüder Weiss transports 14 million COVID-19 tests to Austria

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Gebrüder Weiss supplies 14 million COVID-19 antigen test kits to Linz, Austria from Shanghai.

Using a chartered A330 specially converted for cargo transport, the Austrian logistics company has been handling shipments of two to three million COVID-19 antigen tests per flight since the beginning of March.

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The converted A330 preighter offers more than 250 cbm of space, meaning around 2,000 boxes of antigen tests could be transported per flight.

Gebrüder Weiss says the contract for a leading company in the medical trade was concluded for the time being with the latest flight from Shanghai (PVG) to Linz (LNZ) on 1 April. A B747 was also chartered for this transport, which alone carried five million of the urgently needed 14 million test kits from China to Austria.

The logistics company says it has been reviewing options since belly capacity has dried up. To meet the high demand for rapid tests, the company developed an air bridge consisting of five charter flights between China and Austria.

After the aircraft had landed, several Gebrüder Weiss trucks ensured the smooth onward transport of the medical devices to their respective recipients. The majority of the cargo was destined for pharmaceutical wholesalers.

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