The LATAM Solidary Plane and its historical mission in China

The LATAM Solidary Plane and its historical mission in China

The LATAM Group landed in China for the first time to take medical supplies to South America

Published July 2020

The LATAM Solidary Plane program is about to celebrate ten years of history, and this is the first time that it has transported so much cargo in such a limited time. 

Among the main missions that keep the Solidary Plane flying permanently during the pandemic, the transport of health professionals, patients, and medical supplies stands out. This last case triggered a historical fact for the LATAM Group: for the first time, a LATAM airplane landed in China to take millions of masks and supplies to be distributed in countries such as Argentina, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador.

Complex logistics must be carried out to bring the items that the region so badly needs to combat COVID-19. In practice, each operation to China takes between 60 and 70 hours, considering the round trip from Chile and Brazil, respectively.

It was necessary to count on the commitment of professionals from the passenger and cargo transport units to guarantee the success of the operation. More than 30 people were involved in each mission, and thanks to their effort and dedication, LATAM airplanes could land in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, and Fujian for the first time.


The LATAM Solidary Plane and its historical mission in China

The aircraft also had to be specially prepared: the seats of two planes (B777 and B787-9) were temporarily removed from the cabin, and the planes were reconfigured to maximize their capacity to transport medical supplies. 


The LATAM Solidary Plane and its historical mission in China

However, this is not the end of the work. Besides traveling to China, the Solidary Plane has also flown through LATAM Cargo to transport medical supplies within South America. To date, it has transported more than 680 tons of cargo, such as masks, tests for COVID-19, and medicines, among other products.