After completing the mission in Wuhan, the hardest-hit city in China, some 1,094 medical workers flew back home on March 24, thanks to six chartered flights dispatched by the China Eastern Air Holding Co. Ltd (China Eastern).
The medical workers were welcomed by China Eastern's ground employees waving a banner saying "Welcome Home, Angels in White" as they landed at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.
On another tailored flight heading back to Hefei, the captain delivered his gratitude to the medical workers via broadcast, saying that "We sent you to Wuhan (to support the fight against the COVID-19) on Feb 19. At that time, we invited you to sign your names on a letter of commitment for a safe return. Thank you for keeping your promises and now we are to give the letters back to you and wish you healthy and sound futures."
"It was touching!" said a medical worker, "China Eastern remembered our promises and returned the letters with our signatures to us more than a month later."
In addition to the warm welcome and return of the promise letters, some China Eastern crews also offered performances to express their thanks to the medical workers.
The flight from Wuhan to Lanzhou was filled with music. The crews gave a cucurbit flute and finger dance performance called "Thank you" to the medical workers.
In return, the medical workers gave the crews protective gowns on which were written their names as a memory of the anti-pandemic days.
Between March 17 and 24, China Eastern arranged 43 chartered flights and sent 5,950 medical workers to Hubei from cities including Xi'an of Shaanxi province, Taiyuan of Shanxi province, Kunming of Yunnan province, Lanzhou of Gansu province and Hefei of Anhui province, as well as Shanghai.
Medical workers are welcomed with a banner writing "Welcome Home, Angels in White" at the Xi’an Xianyang International Airport on March 24. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
(Executive editor: Wang Ruoting)