Irish aircraft leasing industry acts to secure and deliver PPE to the Irish healthcare system from China as part of the response to the Covid-19 crisis
17th April-20th April: Three charter flights from China to Ireland supported by Irish leasing firms, and ALI, the aircraft leasing unit of IBEC, representing 33 lessors in Ireland have delivered much needed PPE equipment for the Irish healthcare system. Among the firms stepping up were Avolon, Aercap, GECAS, and SMBC. Assisting in the airlift have also been Aer Lingus, the Irish embassy in China and IDA Ireland.

Aircraft Leasing Ireland (ALI) on Friday 20th announced that Irish aircraft leasing companies have come together to raise in excess of €1million in aid to support Covid-19 related initiatives.
Aer Lingus flight arriving with personal protective equipment at Dublin Airport.

Avolon's Boeing arriving at Dublin Airport carrying personal protective equipment from China.

'The support includes funding towards PPE for healthcare workers and for three charter flights all transporting PPE, one of which is due today from China, another which landed earlier in April, and plans underway for a further flight from another Asian jurisdiction, all facilitated by aircraft leasing companies. Such is the response by the wider aircraft leasing community that additional funds raised are being channelled to a variety of other Irish charity partners to combat the effects of Covid-19'.

David Swan, Chair of ALI said, “I am very proud of how the leasing community, through ALI, has stepped up and responded to meet the current needs of healthcare workers and charity partners alike. As an industry, we are aware of our responsibility to give back to those that most in need in our community. We are very proud to play our part in these initiatives.”

ALI is the representative body within Ibec for aircraft leasing in Ireland and currently has 33 member companies.