Henan province followed by other Chinese provinces and municipalities (Sichuan province, Shanghai municipality and Nanjing Liuhe district) arranged medical supply donations to Luxembourg in an effort to fight the current covid situation. A freight aircraft loaded with urgently needed medical supplies, took off in Henan’s capital city Zhengzhou on 22 March, 2020. The supplies were shipped to Luxembourg by Cargolux Airlines International (Cargolux), a cargo airline with its hub at Luxembourg airport, free of any charges, with the assistance of Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Co., Ltd (HNCA), a state-owned enterprise based in Zhengzhou.

Henan and Luxembourg unveiled their cooperation in civil aviation in 2014, evidenced by HNCA’s acquisition of 35 per cent of Cargolux’s equity and the launch of the “Air Silk Road” with thousands of Cargolux flights transporting cargo between Henan and Luxembourg over the past six years. This route has become a “bridge of friendship” connecting the two countries to combat the COVID-19 pandemic together.