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China Eastern plans to open flight from Wuhan to Sydney


  Patient being transported by helicopter

  Photo by Hu Dongdong

  By Ju Di

  According to the new Winter and Spring Flight Plan of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), China Eastern Airlines plans to open a non-stop flight from Wuhan to Sydney next January.

  According to the plan, the flight will first take off from Xi'an at 8:45 P.M. and arrive at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport at 10 P.M. It will take off from Wuhan at 11:30 P.M., and after 11 hours in the air, land at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport at 10:30 A.M. Because passengers currently have to transfer flights in cities like Guangzhou, the shortest time to fly to Sydney is up to 15 hours and longer.

  China Eastern Airlines plans to operate three flights a week. However, the exact date to launch the flight and the flight number are yet to be determined.

  1st helipad in China in use at Tongji Hospital

  By Liu Ruiche

  On October 9, Mr. Wu, severely wounded in a car accident, was transported from Xianning City to the China-France New City Branch of Tongji Hospital by a rescue helicopter within 36 minutes.

  The helipad at Tongji Hospital is the first standard air rescue tarmac in Hubei and the first one built at a hospital in China. Fifty-one such tarmacs will be built in Hubei by 2018, allowing for an air rescue network to be formed. When people dial "120" using their mobile phone, their coordinates will be located immediately. A helicopter will arrive at the nearest parking tarmac and collect the patient, together with the rescue team on the ground.

  Among all 51 tarmacs, two more will be built in Wuhan.