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Geodis to airlift 1 billion masks to France

At the request of the French State, Geodis flew 8.5 million protective masks from China to France on Monday, 30 March. A total of 16 more shipments are planned for the coming weeks.

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Special operation

In the continuing fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, the French State has ordered protective masks from China and tasked Geodis with transporting them to France.

First shipment delivered on 30 March

The teams at Geodis organized the airlift in record time, chartering two Antonov 124 cargo planes—specially designed for high-volume freight shipments—to make multiple flights between China and France.

The first plane, carrying 8.5 million masks, departed from the south-eastern Chinese city of Shenzhen and arrived at Paris-Vatry airport, east of the French capital, on Monday, 30 March.

To meet demand from the French State, Geodis has scheduled 16 additional shipments over the following weeks, including 13 million more masks delivered in the first week of April alone. Weekly volumes are expected to be on the order of 2,400 cu m.