New England Patriots Plane Is Flying 1.2 Million Face Masks From China to Boston

April 2, 2020

Boston CBS reported that the New England Patriot aircraft was delivering much-needed coronavirus crisis medical supplies from China to Boston. A Patriot spokesman said that the team ’s Boeing 767 aircraft went to Shenzhen, China on Wednesday, purchased 1.2 million N95 masks and is currently returning to the United States.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker reached an agreement two weeks ago to purchase much-needed masks from “a batch of Chinese manufacturers,” but he could not bring them back to Massachusetts State.

Therefore, he sought help from Patriot President Jonathan Kraft. Owner Robert Kraft is also involved, as is the State Department.

Special arrangements must be made to fly to China and allow the aircraft to land. During the nearly three hours of shutdown and loading, no crew members left the aircraft, so they did not have to be isolated in China for two weeks.

The initial order was to purchase 1.7 million masks, but the aircraft can only accommodate 1.2 million masks, so the rest will soon be sent to Massachusetts by another shipment.

In addition to helping solve all logistical issues and go through tedious procedures, the Kraft family also paid $ 2 million, which is half the cost of masks.

Kraft and Baker also agreed to send 300,000 people to New York to help the city fight COVID-19.

The flight is scheduled to land at Logan Airport on Thursday afternoon.