The German military used an A400M to move French patients from Strasbourg to Ulm – reflecting European solidarity in the face of crisis, while one of the service’s A310s transported Italian patients from Bergamo to Cologne.
The Spanish Air Force deployed an A400M to evacuate a coronavirus patient who was part of a Navy team on its way to join the European Union’s mission to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean. All 22 people who had contact with this patient also were evacuated from Djibouti to Spain.
The UK’s Royal Air Force flew one of its A400Ms with a critically ill patient from the Shetlands Islands off the coast of Scotland – where there is a serious outbreak of COVID-19 and limited health facilities – to intensive care in Aberdeen.
Another supply flight was completed early this week, with a Spanish Air Force A400M delivering medical materiel from China to Spain – landing at the Zaragoza Air Base.
The Spanish armed forces, along with its Civil Guard law enforcement agency and other emergency services in Spain, are keeping their Super Puma helicopters on permanent alert to transfer patients and support the nation’s response to the crisis. Additionally, Airbus’ in-service support is playing a key role in Operation Balmis, which is providing operational, health, logistics and infrastructure support across Spain, including the deployment of nearly 3,000 soldiers in 28 cities.
In another deployment, the Spanish Air Force used two of its Airbus-built C295 tactical transport aircraft in the delivery of medical supplies to the Canary Islands.