BUSINESS AVIATION

Amid the Sudden COVID-19 Surge, National Airlines Airlifts Testing Kits to Various U.S. States

National Airlines | January 13, 2022

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Responding to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., National Airlines is airlifting testing kits to different states in the country. During this month-long mission, in a series of N8 B747-400F flights, around 4,000,000 testing kits will be delivered to the respective state authorities for distribution across hospitals and COVID-19 testing centers. Flights originating from Chinese regions like Shanghai (PVG), Zhengzhou (CGO), Wuhan (WUH), and Tianjin (TSN) are headed to New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Texas (IAH), and Chicago (ORD) with the testing kits.

Later this month, National Airlines is also shipping COVID-19 testing kits to Canada and the U.K. from South Korea and China. Lately, new variants of the COVID-19 virus are triggering a sudden spike in cases and there is an immediate requirement for multiple batches of testing kits, as early detection is vital to controlling the virus spread especially among children and those going back to work.

"This is yet another mission by our teams to support governments in mitigating the recurring COVID-19 spread. Our aircraft, crew, and teams will continue to ensure the timely delivery of emergency medical supplies and equipment to support the various nations fight against COVID-19."

- Mr. Christopher J. Alf, Chairman, National Airlines.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Airlines, with its B747-400 Freighter fleet of six aircraft, has been at the forefront partnering with International Governments and Aid Agencies, coordinating missions, and delivering immediate medical supplies such as protective masks, PPE kits, oxygen cylinders, COVID-19 vaccines, and other equipment to crisis-hit regions.

About National:
National Airlines is a U.S. FAA-certificated Part 121 air carrier, with a fleet of six B747-400F's, A330-200, and B757-200 which provides global cargo and passenger solutions. National Air Cargo offers international freight forwarding, sea-to-air multi-modal transportation and logistics solutions worldwide. Established in 1990, the global reach of National is maintained via global operations centers and strategically located offices in the U.S., Middle East, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

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The airport is a major local employer of staff. Recent analysis, detailed in Chapter 9, shows that Southampton Airport currently supports around 950 jobs and contributes £161 million per annum gross value added (GVA) to the Hampshire economy. This is likely to rise to 1500 jobs and a £400 million per annum GVA economic contribution as the airport develops over the next 20 years.


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AIR TRANSPORT

Archer Completes Maker’s First Full Transition Flight

Archer | December 02, 2022

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BUSINESS AVIATION

CEA signs first civil aviation purchase order at this year's CIIE

China Eastern Airlines Global | November 08, 2022

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BUSINESS AVIATION, COMMERCIAL AVIATION

United and Emirates Expand Market Presence Through New Agreement

United Airlines | September 15, 2022

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DEFENSE AND SPACE

Sikorsky and DARPA's Autonomous Black Hawk® Flies Logistics and Rescue Missions Without Pilots on Board

Lockheed Martin | November 03, 2022

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The airport is a major local employer of staff. Recent analysis, detailed in Chapter 9, shows that Southampton Airport currently supports around 950 jobs and contributes £161 million per annum gross value added (GVA) to the Hampshire economy. This is likely to rise to 1500 jobs and a £400 million per annum GVA economic contribution as the airport develops over the next 20 years.

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