The role of Boeing Dreamlifter during COVID-19 pandemic
Dreamlifter is a wide-body cargo aircraft introduced by Boeing Company in 2007. It is the combination of two aircraft, Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. At 65,000 cubic feet, the Dreamlifter can hold three times the volume of a 747-400F freighter.
The first Dreamlifter was operated out onto Taipei Taoyuan International Airport hangar on August 17, 2006, and on September 9, 2006, the first test flight from that airport was successfully carried out.
Boeing continues to support local communities and the heroic healthcare professionals working tirelessly to stop the spread of COVID-19. Dreamlifter, with its significant capacity, has had a huge impact during the pandemic as the US have chosen this type of cargo aircraft to transport all the necessary medical supplies.
Boeing has used three Dreamlifter aircraft to transport more than 150,000 protective eye goggles and face shields from China to the US. The company also collaborated with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to deliver the personal protective equipment (PPE) to health care professionals in the MUSC system.
In collaboration with Prisma Health, Atlas Air Worldwide, and Dis-common Founder Neil Ferrier, at Prisma Health in South Carolina, the Boeing Dreamlifter cargo plane transported 1.5 million facemasks for healthcare professionals from Hong Kong to the US.
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