Airbus is deploying additional aircraft including an A330 tanker conversion airframe to provide flight support for medical supplies from China to Europe.

The aircraft, an A330-200 (EC-338), has been undergoing conversion as a multi-role tanker transport, for the French Air Force, according to Cirium fleets data.

Airbus says the Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered twinjet operated from its Getafe facility in Spain to Tianjin, arriving on 27 March, before arriving back in Spain on 28 March.


Source: Airbus

Airbus used the aircraft to transport masks from China to Europe

The airframer states that the jet was carrying more than 4 million face-masks as cargo, intended for distribution to French, German, Spanish and UK health networks to assist with addressing the coronavirus crisis.

Airbus has previously engaged an A330-800 test aircraft and a military A400M transport on the same air bridge route.