A Boeing Dreamlifter was used to bring personal protective equipment (PPE) from Hong Kong to the United States in a COVID-19 transport mission. Working in partnership with Prisma Health, Atlas Air Worldwide and Discommon Founder Neil Ferrier, Boeing transported 1.5 million medical-grade face masks bound for healthcare professionals in South Carolina.

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Discommon, the importer of record for the delivery, secured production of the PPE from manufacturers in China and turned to Boeing to facilitate their transport to Prisma Health, the largest healthcare system in South Carolina. Boeing donated the cost of the mission transport, with Atlas Air operating the flights on behalf of Boeing.

The Dreamlifter, a converted Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter, flew from Hong Kong to Greenville, South Carolina, with the face masks in its lower lobe. Following the delivery, the Dreamlifter will return to its home base in North Charleston, South Carolina, and deliver Dreamliner 787 parts in support of the global aerospace supply chain.

“Battling COVID-19 has required an unprecedented response from all levels of government, the private sector, and American families,” said South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. “One of the most significant challenges facing communities across the country is ensuring our front-line healthcare workers have enough Personal Protective Equipment so they can both treat patients and keep themselves healthy. This public-private partnership between the White House, Boeing, Discommon and Atlas Air has cut through supply issues and red tape to bring 1.5 million medical-grade masks to South Carolina and will go a long way towards keeping our medical professionals safe. I offer my sincerest gratitude to all involved.”

Boeing continues to support local communities and the healthcare professionals working to stop the spread of COVID-19. Additional airlift transport missions with the Boeing Dreamlifter and ecoDemonstrator are planned in the future. Boeing is coordinating closely with U.S. government officials on how to best assist areas with the greatest need.