GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) Prisma Health officials were joined by several South Carolina lawmakers, including Governor Henry McMaster, at GSP International Airport Sunday morning - welcoming a large cargo plane filled with masks for medical professionals.
The Boeing Dreamlifter, a converted Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF), transported around 1.5 million medical-grade three-ply surgical face masks from Hong Kong, China. The aircraft was the largest to ever land at GSP.
The masks were unloaded, and sent straight to healthcare professionals at Prisma Health throughout the state of South Carolina.
”It’s a win-win for South Carolina healthcare providers and a perfect example of private companies working with elected officials to help healthcare workers and the people they serve,” said Mark O’Halla, president and chief executive officer of Prisma Health. “We very much appreciate Boeing’s support during these challenging times of securing necessary supplies. By standing together, we all stand stronger.”
Boeing says they're happy to continue supporting local communities and those working tirelessly in healthcare to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and plan to conduct future transport missions with the Dreamlifter.
Governor McMaster and Prisma Health officials were joined in welcoming the freighter by Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Jeff Duncan, and Rep. William Timmons. Representative from Boeing were also in attendance.
“Ten years ago, Boeing came to South Carolina – investing a significant amount of resources in our economy and creating jobs for our people. Today, Boeing is making another significant investment in our state by partnering with other South Carolina businesses to help combat this deadly virus," said Governor McMaster. "South Carolinians are unique in their compassion and care for one another. The businesses that have collaborated to make this delivery possible are an embodiment of those qualities, and we owe a debt of gratitude to each of them.”
The importer on record for the delivery, Discommon, says they secured the PPE from trusted manufacturers in China. They then turned to Boeing and Atlas Air to facilitate the transport to Prisma Health.
Boeing donated the cost of the mission transport, with Atlas Air operating the flights on behalf of Boeing.