GEODIS has announced the French government has commissioned the company to organize an emergency transport of 1 bn face masks from China to France over the next 14 weeks, the company said.
In order to respond to requests from the national authorities, GEODIS is planning 16 flights over the coming weeks, representing in volume terms approximately 2400 m3 of capacity weekly. If necessary, this schedule could be extended into the month of May.
For this operation, mounted in a record time, GEODIS has chartered two Antonov 124 aircraft which will operate in rotation between France and China. The Antonov is a plane specially designed for the transport of cargo in large quantities.
The first flight from Shenzhen Airport in China containing 8.5 million masks arrived in France yesterday (Monday, March 30) via Paris-Vatry airport.
GEODIS, a transport and logistics company, is located in 67 countries and has more than 1,700 employees in China.