This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
A pair of NetJets Bombardier Global 6000s was dispatched late last week from Anchorage, Alaska, on flights to Nanjing, China, to pick up surplus N95 masks and other medical equipment for Mount Sinai Health System, which is seeing rising cases of Covid-19.
According to FlightAware, EJA Flight 143 and N147QS left Anchorage International Airport (ANC) a few minutes apart on Wednesday at around 8 p.m. local time and landed at Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG) on Thursday around 9:30 p.m. local. After loading up the medical supplies, the Globals left NKG in tandem at about 12:19 a.m. local, stopping at ANC on late Thursday afternoon to clear customs before flying to Teterboro Airport (TEB), where they landed at 3 a.m. on Friday. Ground crews at TEB then unloaded the 5.5 tons of medical equipment for Mount Sinai.
A NetJets spokeswoman confirmed the humanitarian flights but wasn’t able to provide details about the flight-planning process, which reportedly required special approval from two U.S. agencies—Customs and the Food and Drug Administration—and the Chinese government. “NetJets was proud to partner with Goldman Sachs and Mount Sinai Health System to transport critical medical supplies from China to New York City during a time of such need. We feel fortunate to have been able to leverage our aircraft to support such an important cause,” she told AIN.