On Sunday 7 June 2020, Bolloré Logistics successfully completed the transport of over one million protective masks from Vietnam to Réunion. The plane chartered by Bolloré Logistics, a Corsair Airbus A330, took off from Hanoi Noi Bai airport on Saturday 6 June with 1,382 boxes onboard, for a total volume of 138 m3.
Since the implementation of the airlift with Vietnam, Bolloré Logistics, a major player in international transport and logistics, has rolled out alternative solutions by harnessing its global network and crisis unit at Roissy CDG airport to meet urgent needs stemming from the Covid-19 health crisis.
Completed successfully thanks to the efforts of the Bolloré Logistics teams in Vietnam, which managed the export operations, and the teams in Réunion, which received and shipped the parcels to the delivery point, this new operation posed a major logistics challenge and called for rigorous organisation.
"The main difficulty with a passenger plane consists in finding the right balance in terms of mass and dividing the boxes of masks between the seats and the hold," said Philippe de Crécy, VP Air Freight Europe at Bolloré Logistics.
Since the start of the crisis, Bolloré Logistics has played an active role in the transport of protective masks from Asia by implementing two airlifts with China and Vietnam. At 31 May 2020, over half a billion masks had been transported via the airlifts, along with other protective equipment including surgical gloves, hydroalcoholic gel and respirators.
About Bolloré Logistics Réunion
Based in Réunion for over 50 years, Bolloré Logistics works in three business segments: the commissioning of air and maritime transport and logistics. Its customer roster includes major players in several economic sectors, including mass retail, automotive, fast-moving consumer goods and manufacturing. In 2019, Bolloré Logistics processed nearly 17,000 TEUs of maritime imports and 4,500 tonnes of air freight. It has 10,000 m2 of warehouse space, used primarily for the storage and distribution of food products, and employs over 130 people at its two sites in Gillot and La Possession.