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Boeing Delivers 1.5M Face Masks for COVID-19 Response; Henry McMaster, David Calhoun Quoted

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Boeing has completed another COVID-19 transport mission, using a Boeing Dreamlifter to bring personal protective equipment (PPE) from Hong Kong to the United States, the company reported on Monday.

Boeing has partnered with Prisma Health, Atlas Air Worldwide and Discommon founder Neil Ferrier to transport 1.5 million medical-grade face masks bound for healthcare professionals at Prisma Health in South Carolina.

“Boeing is making another significant investment in our state by partnering with other South Carolina businesses to help combat this deadly virus. South Carolinians are unique in their compassion and care for one another. The businesses that have collaborated to make this delivery possible are an embodiment of those qualities, and we owe a debt of gratitude to each of them,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Discommon, the importer of record for the delivery, secured production of the PPE from trusted manufacturers in China and turned to Boeing to facilitate their transport to Prisma Health, the Boeing has donated the cost of the mission transport.

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 787 Dreamliner parts in support of the global aerospace supply chain.

Boeing will continue to support local communities and 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 proud to be part of this historic flight to bring vital PPE to healthcare workers across South Carolina. I want to offer my personal thanks to the Boeing team and our Atlas Air partners for what they’ve done to support this essential mission and ensure our frontline healthcare workers have the equipment they critically need,” said Dave Calhoun, president and CEO, Boeing.

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