Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, delivered 11 tons of medical equipment, including protective gear and coronavirus test kits, from Shanghai to Budapest on Monday, following a request from the Hungarian Government.
The Wizz Air flight travelled 9000km in total and took over 50 hours to complete, including refuelling stops in Kazakhstan and Russia. The mission was carried out on an Airbus A321neo, which boosts 15% improved fuel efficiency compared to previous models, enabling longer journeys and reduced emissions with the same amount of fuel.
The Hungarian government plans further flights in partnership with Wizz Air to deliver medical equipment to Hungary to help treat patients and slow down the spread of coronavirus.
József Váradi, CEO, Wizz Air said: “It’s an honour and privilege that the government of Hungary chose Wizz Air to complete this crucial mission of delivering protective equipment and medical test kits from China in its vital effort to contain the coronavirus. In these tough times, we are doing everything we can to play our part in the fight against the outbreak. I would like to express my gratitude to all the government officials and my colleagues at Wizz Air who took part in this special mission, working tirelessly to gain the required permits and bringing home the equipment so efficiently.”