Workers prepared a shipment of rubber gloves, protective facemasks,
and other medical equipment, that were shipped in February from Kuala
Lumpur to Shanghai by Malaysian Airlines Cargo to assist aid workers
in the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic.
We hear politicians claim that as COVID-19
infected the world in 2020, that their fast action in
stopping flights and closing borders saved countless lives, and much of
that is true.
But looking for the real hero of the COVID-19
pandemic, you have to credit air cargo for saving the world.
Think about it.
The only thing that has been airborne in
any real tonnage numbers for the past four months have been cargo aircraft
including almost every freighter that can take off and land safely, and
legions of passenger aircraft repurposed for cargo.
And the only cargo anybody has carried is
PPE and hospital equipment and supplies.
In fact, right now cargo people are casting
a wary eye on what is still left during the second half of 2020, because
very little else is flying.
Usual Suspects Gone Missing
Here in the U.S. and in Europe are reports
that the usual suspects flying goods in and out of the China air cargo
gravy train have dried up considerably, firstly because most stores are
closed and secondly, also in no small measure because of an anti-‘Made
in China’ sentiment rising almost everywhere in the world right
But that is another story.
President Xi Called It
Interestingly the country that unleashed
COVID-19 also has a politician who best defined the pandemic better than
any editorial writer or pundit.
President Xi of China said bluntly in January:
The virus is a demon and we cannot let this
But alas here it is early July 2020 and,
around the world, billions of people are still living in doubt, awaiting
Air Cargo Saves The World
Here from our files and imagination are
some pictures of the wonderful, brave and heroic air cargo people all
over the world that moved the goods and continue to work around the clock,
transporting masks and gloves and medical equipment that have saved the
lives of millions.
When There Is No Tomorrow
Truly when there was, and in some cases,
continues to be “no tomorrow”, air cargo not only did the
job, moving medical supplies to every corner of the world, but persists
daily, delivering like gangbusters.
Our deepest and most sincere admiration
and thanks to everyone who has served and continues this landmark relief
You make us all look good.
We are very proud to be able to capture
these moments and are in complete awe of your work as you depict aviation
in the most favorable light every day.
God speed everyone, be safe and keep ’em
Way To Go . . . Come back to us . . . Rampees at United DEN, and
nose job on aircraft says it all!
EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic (L), the
French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (C)
and the Belgium Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defense Philippe
Goffin (R) open a humanitarian bridge between Belgium and the Democratic
Republic of Congo on June 7, 2020 at Brussels Airport, moving 40 tons
of humanitarian cargo.
Nguyen Minh Vu, Ambassador of Vietnam, wearing a face flag mask
delivers medical protective equipment to Central Germany Via Leipzig
Halle International Airport.
There is something instantly compelling and so wonderfully appealing
in this picture of Virgin Atlantic people moving some medical supplies
on a cargo in cabin VS flight from PVG to LHR last Friday April 3.
Virgin Atlantic teamed up with Virgin Group’s not-for-profit
foundation, Virgin Unite, to fly these flights, bringing in essential
medical supplies and PPE equipment for NHS.
Hello Dollies. Trolleys appear like abstract art awaiting freight
containers at Frankfurt Main. Without air cargo, FRA, which was the
staging point in 1948 for the Berlin Airlift, would have closed down
months ago. Instead every flight these days are saving lives carrying
Today when a random act of kindness and caring can often make the
difference, Donna Mullins, Mullins International Solutions marshalled
a brave band of ladies to venture out with face masks, rubber gloves
and proper social distancing to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
(HIJA) in Atlanta, where delivered food to truckers who had nowhere
else to go.
Crew gets ready to unload medical supplies from an Antonov AN-225
at Mirabel Airport in Mirabel, Quebec, Friday, May 1, 2020.
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), right, looks toward
inventor and deep thinker Dean Kamen, aboard his Segway PT, a self-balancing
personal transporter scooter, as a planeload of PPE from Shanghai,
China, arrives at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester,
Very early, as COVID-19 first inflicted its global devastation,
five Qatar Airways Cargo freighters departed From Doha to China moving
300 tons of medical supplies donated by the airline to support relief
efforts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as part of Qatar Airways’
voluntary offer of free air cargo transportation for medical relief
aid organized by Chinese Embassies and Consulates worldwide. From
those beginnings during the epidemic, QR has risen steadily to become
the number one combination passenger and cargo airline in the world
as of June 4.
You can say that again . . . “The virus is a demon and we
cannot let this demon hide,” Chinese President Xi Jinping told
WHO head Tedros Ghebreyesus during their January 2020 meeting in Beijing.