An Aer Lingus A330 plane has completed its round trip to China to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) for Ireland’s healthcare staff in the battle against Covid-19.
The passenger plane touched down at Dublin airport in the last hour.
€28 million worth of supplies was packed onto the jet, including medical equipment such as masks, goggles, gowns and gloves.
The equipment will be distributed to health care facilities around the country from this evening.
Thank you so much to @AerLingus & crew of E19019 for collecting personal protective equipment for Ireland & flying it back. Huge team work to secure this equipment & to sort logistics. @HSELive will start distributing it tonight. More flights with PPE in coming days #coronavirus
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 29, 2020
The flight is the first of 10 round trips to be made by Aer Lingus pilots this week to collect the HSE’s €208 million order of PPE from China.