Airbus deploys an A330-800 test aircraft to transport protective masks to Europe

Toulouse, France - Airbus has assigned an A330-800 test aircraft to transport some 2 million face masks from Tianjin in China to France and Spain.

Airbus had temporarily halted the production in some of its facilities for health and hygiene checks for the safety of its employees amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Today, the European planemaker resumed its production, both in France and Germany.

Airbus said that it donated thousands of virus protection masks to the European states and has started operating an A330-800 test aircraft to transport more from Chinese suppliers. Additional flights will take place in the coming days, the manufacturer added.

“We try to live up to our values, humbled by the complexity of the situation, and contribute as much as we can to society in these very difficult times,” said Airbus' CEO Guillaume Faury.