On Sunday night, Qantas carried over 450,000 extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the United Kingdom to Australia, only days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a new agreement to add 4 million doses to Australia’s supply.
VH-ZND, a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner, landed in Sydney as flight QF10 shortly after 6 p.m. on Sunday night, carrying 164,970 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
VH-ZND, which sports the classic Indigenous Yam Dreaming livery, took off from London on Saturday morning, flew 17 hours to Perth, and then took off for its final leg to Sydney shortly after midday on Sunday.
The second delivery flight, QF110, arrived in Sydney Kingsford Smith roughly three hours later, after 9 p.m., carrying 292,500 doses.
These dosages took off from London on Saturday aboard VH-ZNK, another 787 Dreamliner, and arrived in Darwin nearly 18 hours later. The cargo was transferred in Darwin to VH-QPF, an Airbus A330, which departed at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Qantas and its partners provided more than 10% of the entire 4 million doses secured under the new deal, with the remaining doses to be distributed in the coming days and weeks.
On Friday, Prime Minister Morrison stated that he had reached a ‘dose swap’ agreement with his UK colleague Boris Johnson, which would see Australia’s Pfizer supply doubled within a month.