Pilot Draws Heart Over Iceland On China-Cargo Flight

Story ByLee Bullen,Sub EditorJoseph Golder,AgencyCentral European News

These images show how Iceland’s flag carrier transporting nearly 20 tonnes of medical supplies from China altered course to draw a ‘heart’ over the capital Reykjavik in honour of the country’s healthcare workers.

The Icelandair Boeing 767 returned to the Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport on 19th April after flying to the Chinese city of Shanghai to load up on medical supplies amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

As seen on the Flightradar24 image, the plane drew a heart over the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.

Icelandair spokesperson Asdis Yr Petursdottir told local media that the heart was intended to honour the country’s medical workers.

According to local media, it was the third flight to China to bring in medical supplies such as face masks and protective suits.

The third flight carried around 18 tons of equipment while the previous two imported 17 and 16 tons respectively.

The shipments were all charter flights organised by Icelandair Cargo and Icelandic Airlines (Loftleioir) in cooperation with the country’s healthcare sector and logistics company DB Schenker, according to reports.

The Chinese equipment is intended to health the country’s medics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to local media, Icelandic nurses have been due a pay rise for a long time and their wages are about to increase by 68,000 ISK (380 GBP) between now and 31st March 2023 in increments of 15,750 ISK (88 GBP) to 18,000 ISK (100 GBP).

However, many nurses have reportedly expressed disappointment with the agreement, especially workers on day shifts who see the lowest increase of them all.

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