Global 7500 FTV 5 (Photo: Bombardier)
Bombardier's Global 7500 FTV was loaded with 2,800 face shields in Toronto and then flew to Florida for distribution of the medical protective equipment throughout HCA's network in East Florida. (Photo: Bombardier)

Bombardier Donates 2,800 Face Shields

The protective equipment will be distributed throughout 15 HCA Healthcare East Florida Division affiliates.

Bombardier’s fifth Global 7500 flight-test vehicle, FTV5, has found a new mission: transporting face shields for medical facilities. The Canadian manufacturer recently donated 2,800 of the shields to HCA Healthcare East Florida Division for distribution throughout the medical care provider’s 15 affiliates across East Florida.

Bombardier loaded FTV5 up with the face shields earlier this month and transported them to Sheltair Aviation at Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International, where the HCA team was there to greet the flight crew.

“We were honored that Bombardier reached out to us to make such a generous donation to help continue to supply our frontline workers during this pandemic,” said Fred Wilson, CEO of HCA Healthcare East Florida Division Supply Chain Services. “We are proud to partner with organizations that share in our commitment to corporate social responsibility and want to make a difference fighting Covid-19 in our communities.”

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“These types of missions really highlight how pivotal aviation is in the transportation of life-saving humanitarian aid,” added Bombardier Aviation president David Coleal. “The Global 7500 aircraft is particularly well-suited to this type of assignment: with its long-range and ability to land and takeoff from challenging airports, it can go anywhere.”

Bombardier worked with Molded Precision Components, a fabricator of auto parts and medical components, to secure the face shields.