Virgin Atlantic operates first ever cargo only charter

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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The flight saw the transportation of essential medical and pharmaceutical goods from London to New York.

The VS698 flight from London Heathrow for New York's JFK on March 22 created history for the airline as it departed with two pilots, one cabin crew member and a hold filled with 12,490 kilogrammes of pharmaceutical and medical supplies.

Although the emergence of COVID-19 has led to a decrease in passengers travelling, demand to transport cargo remains strong. Special exemptions from the imposed travel restrictions for pilots and cabin crew, whose health and well-being remains top priority, mean that cargo operations can continue, ensuring that the airline can continue to support vital supply chains across the globe.

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