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Dreamliner delivery flight is medical mission

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
October 23, 2012 12:08 pm

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have teamed up to take advantage of a 787 Dreamliner delivery flight to deliver medical supplies and equipment to Ethiopia’s largest hospital.

The delivery flight of Ethiopian Airlines’ third 787 from Everett to Addis Ababa carried 20,000 pounds of medical supplies to Black Lion Hospital. Among the cargo were several anesthesia machines, patient monitoring equipment, intensive care beds and surgical equipment.

The flight was arranged by Seattle Anesthesia Outreach. The aircraft left Everett, where the plane was built, on Monday on its 15-hour, non-stop flight to the Ethiopian capital.

Seattle Anesthesia Outreach has sent a team of nurses, doctors and technicians to Ethiopia to help set up the new equipment and to teach Ethiopian medical professionals how to use it.

Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program is a collaborative effort among the company, its airline customers and non-profit organizations to deliver humanitarian aid to locations around the world.

The Dreamliner was the third Boeing has delivered to the African airline. Ethiopian has seven more the of the revolutionary twin-jets remaining on order. The airline is the first African operator of the 787.

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