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Philippine Red Cross charters PAL A320 for cargo mission

Aviation Updates Philippines – On Sunday, the Philippine Red Cross chartered a Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-214 aircraft to ferry medical equipment and supplies from Changsha, China bound for the Philippines, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Dodo Dulay.
FOR THE PHILIPPINES. A Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-214 prepares for its return mission to Manila to fly back medical supplies to the country. Photo from Usec. Dodo Dulay, Twitter
Dulay said the Philippine Red Cross requested the flight to bring home essential medical cargo including test kits for COVID-19 and laboratory equipment. A total of 5,220 kilograms worth of cargo were loaded onto the Airbus A320 jet for the Philippines.

"Philippine Red Cross chartered plane at Changsa Airport Hunan, China has just completed loading testing lab equipment & supplies and test kits for [COVID-19]. Now taxiing for departure back to Manila. All flight clearances secured by @DFAPHL," tweeted Dulay.

In a separate post, Philippine Airlines confirmed the chartered flight: "PAL's Airbus A320 transported medical equipment and supplies from Changsha (capital of Hunan Province) to Manila."

Flight 2P-9366 departed from Manila and arrived in Changsha at 4:19 pm local time. After more than six hours of ground time, the return flight 2P-9367 departed for Manila and arrived back in the Philippines at 12:45 am local time.

Meanwhile, the flag carrier also operated two separate Airbus A330 cargo flights from Xiamen and Shanghai on Monday. All of which carry medical supplies to supplement the health care system in the country amid COVID-19 pandemic.

"PAL cargo flights from China carry medical supplies (PPEs/face masks/medicines) while PAL cargo flights to Japan carry auto parts and electronics," it said.

Besides international cargo flights to China, PAL has been actively engaging in hauling cargo to key Philippine cities such as Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Panglao), among others.

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