PM welcomes Chinese freighter

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A chartered Boeing 747 Freighter carrying medical equipment was welcomed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban when it landed at Budapest Airport.

The aircraft, operated by Suparna Airlines, landed in the Hungarian capital at 6:30am on Tuesday March 24, carrying 70 tons of medical equipment.

More than three million face masks, 100,000 coronavirus tests and 86 medical ventilators were among the cargo.

It was welcomed on the airport’s Cargo City apron by the Prime Minister alongside Laszlo Palkovics, minister of innovation and technology, Duan Jielong, ambassador of China to Hungary, Bela Merkely, president of Semmelweis University and Dr Rolf Schnitzler, CEO of Budapest Airport.

Schnitzler said, “Even during the coronavirus pandemic, Budapest Airport is working around the clock for the seamless operation of air cargo, as, in addition to supporting the national economy, this is of key importance for ensuring the availability of medical supplies.”

Suparna Airlines is not the first airline to fly aid to Budapest; Turkish Cargo transported several pallets of materials for manufacturing medical equipment from Istanbul and Wizz Air carried 11 tons of equipment from Shanghai on an Airbus A321neo.

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