November 1 - Global air charter company Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has worked in association with the St Anthony Health Foundation and Catholic Health Initiatives to organise the air transportation of surplus medical supplies from the US to Vietnam.

Over 50 tonnes of medical equipment including hospital beds and surgical tools was trucked from Denver to Chicago O'Hare International Airport and then flown over 8,000 mi (12,874 km) from to Hanoi on a B747-400 freighter aircraft.

The airlift project followed the closure of St Anthony Central Hospital in Denver last year, and its replacement by a new medical complex built nearby - with surplus medical equipment from the old facility being donated to the Bach Mai Hospital in Vietnam's capital Hanoi.