Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, August 1st, 2020. - Viva Aerobus, Mexico's ultra-low-cost carrier, realized a humanitarian flight in order to transport more than 200,000 face masks donated by the Airbus Foundation to the Mexican Red Cross from Toulouse, France to Monterrey, Mexico.
The plane departed on August 1st at 09:00 am (local time) from Toulouse - Blagnac International Airport, France, with stopovers in the cities of Keflavík, Iceland and Bangor, United States, to the International Airport of Monterrey, Mexico, where it landed today at 5:21 pm (local time). Most of these supplies will be used for the medical community of Nuevo Leon and the rest will be transported again through collaborative work between Viva Aerobus and its partner Aerocharter to different cities in the country in the following days.
The national president of the Mexican Red Cross, Fernando Suinaga, thanked Viva Aerobus and the Airbus Foundation for donating face masks, which will be used by paramedics in their work to save lives. Suinaga Cárdenas recognized both institutions as socially responsible companies and “it is the result to the combined efforts between Viva Aerobus, the Airbus Foundation and the Mexican Red Cross that we can be more efficient in supporting Mexicans in emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic."
The flight took place after the delivery of the Airbus A320neo, registration XA-VIX, by the European manufacturer to the airline. This is the third of 5 aircraft that Viva plans to receive in the course of 2020 (three A321neo and two A320neo) and it is the last A320neo model aircraft delivered to the airline. The remaining 40 aircraft, belonging to the order that Viva has with Airbus, will correspond to the Airbus A321neo model.
“We are very excited to have transported more than 1.3 tons of medical supplies donated by the Airbus Foundation to our country and thus provide health specialists the necessary tools for their heroic work. We thank Airbus for this great donation and to the Monterrey Airport (Grupo OMA) and Aerocharter for all the facilities granted to carry out this great humanitarian achievement. Undoubtedly, it is time to work as a team and join forces for Mexico”, mentioned Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Viva Aerobus.
SPECIAL FLIGHTS (repatriation and essential work)
Added to these efforts to face the current pandemic, Viva Aerobus also informs that since the COVID-19 outbreak in mid-March, it has already carried out 54 special flight services for repatriation and to meet the needs of essential jobs. Therefore, the airline has contributed to the repatriation of more than 4 thousand citizens of Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, Chilean, Ecuadorian, Honduran, Mexican, Peruvian and Uruguayan nationalities.
As a result of these flights, Viva Aerobus had the opportunity to land, for the first time, in 9 new destinations such as Barranquilla (Colombia), Guatemala (Guatemala), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Lima (Peru), Managua (Nicaragua), Santiago de Chile (Chile), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Sint Maarten (Isla de San Martín) and Willemstad (Curaçao).
Moreover, the airline landed in 8 other countries where it had already operated, on some other occasion, via charter flights: Miami (USA), Montreal (Canada), San Pedro Sula (Honduras), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), La Havana (Cuba), San Jose (Costa Rica), San Salvador (El Salvador) and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Thus, Viva has, so far, operated in 18 countries on the American continent within this juncture. Currently, Viva Aerobus has more than 10 additional special flights scheduled, the following being a repatriation operation from Mexico City to Panama to be carried out on August 3rd.
Within this context, Viva also broke its own record by performing the longest operation in its history in terms of distance and time. The flight consisted of the Puerto Vallarta - Sao Paulo route, with a technical stopover for refueling, thus adding more than 5,000 kilometers and 10 hours for the repatriation of people who had been stranded on a cruise ship for more than 70 days.
“Viva Aerobus continues to work to reunite relatives and friends. With these flights we made possible a safe, efficient and reliable return home for more than 4 thousand people. And we´ll go for more, “said Juan Carlos Zuazua.
About Viva Aerobus
Viva Aerobus is Mexico's ultra-low-cost airline. It started operations in 2006 and today it operates the youngest Latin American fleet with 39 Airbus A320. With a clear vision to give all people the opportunity to fly, Viva Aerobus has democratized the airline industry with the lowest rates in México and the lowest costs in Latin America, making their flights the best value offer. For more information please visit: https://www.vivaaerobus.com/en/
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