More than 2,000 tons of relief supplies transported from Asia to Austria and Germany
The need for relief supplies in the form of protective gloves, masks and suits as well as rapid antigen tests has continued uninterruptedly since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. For this reason, Austrian Airlines established an airlift to Asia, operating since March 2020, on behalf of time:matters, to directly transport urgently needed protective materials to Vienna, Frankfurt or Linz.
In doing so, the Austrian Airlines team worked particularly closely with the local branch office of time:matters in Vienna. More than 2,000 tons of relief supplies have been brought to Europe on some 100 flights from Xiamen, Shanghai and Penang. Austrian Airlines’ Boeing B767 and 777 aircraft with built in seats were deployed on these flights as well as the B777 ‘Prachter’. This German word represents a mixture of the words normally used for passenger aircraft and cargo planes. The passenger seats on these jets are temporarily removed in order to increase cargo volumes.
On the occasion of the 100th cargo flight jointly operated by Austrian Airlines and time:matters, the converted B777 cargo aircraft of the Austrian flag carrier was given a special livery over the last few days by the experts at Austrian Technik. The tail section of the aircraft now displays the time:matters logo as well as lettering to point out the anniversary flight taking off from Vienna and heading to Penang. The aircraft will return to Vienna again on 28 February 2021 carrying urgently needed relief supplies.
Moving forwards, time:matters want to further intensify the cooperation with Austrian Airlines and it is working to launch additional air cargo routes.