Latvia's airBaltic delivers urgent medical supplies from China

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Latvian airline airBaltic said March 29 it had used one of its planes to bring much-needed medical supplies from China to Latvia.

"After a request from National Health Service of the Republic of Latvia this weekend airBaltic performed a special cargo flight to and from Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport in China, bringing 900,000 face masks and 80,000 respirators made in Zhengzhou and Yiwu regions to Latvia," the company said.

The special flight with airBaltic Airbus A220-300 registered as YL-CSI departed from Riga on March 28, 2020 at 08:11, local time and landed in Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport at 19:57, local time. The special flight landed back in Riga on March 29 at 00:10 local time and brought with it more than 5 tonnes of supplies.

The total flight time to the Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport was 5 hours and 46 minutes, but the flight back on March 29 took 6 hours and 35 minutes, covering 4,815 km each way, making a round trip of nearly 10,000 km using three pilots and two technicians aboard the flight.

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