Through SALIS, nations obtain assured access of up to five AN-124 aircraft within few days from tasking. Since the first SALIS flight in February 2006, SALIS has flown over 2,200 missions with more than 44,100 flying hours. SALIS participating nations have used Antonov aircraft in the past to transport equipment to and from Afghanistan, deliver aid to the victims of the October 2008 earthquake in Pakistan, and airlift African Union peacekeepers in and out of Darfur.
The current contract with Antonov Logistics SALIS (ALS) includes access to AN-22, AN-225 and IL-76 Chap IV aircraft. Besides the ongoing NATO and EU missions and operations, SALIS is currently playing a vital role in helping some of the participating nations to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. To date, SALIS AN-124 and AN-225 aircraft have completed 17 missions and airlifted over 950 tons of medical supplies in support to five NATO nations, including Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany or Poland.
The Czech government tasked the first missions in mid-March. In the three missions executed between the 19th and the 31st of March a total of more than 100 tons of medical equipment, including , protective suits, respirators and protective googles among other equipment, were airlifted from Shenzen, in southeaster China, to Pardubice airport.
In between the Czech airlifts, another AN-124 aircraft executed a mission in support to Slovakia on 25th of March, which brought around 55 tons of protective equipment to the nation.
Germany completed six missions between the 23rd of April and the 14th of May. Altogether, the nation airlifted more than 300 tons of supplies, including nearly 41 million of protective masks to equip the contingent fighting COVID-19 on the front line. The second German mission was executed using an AN-225 aircraft, the largest and heaviest cargo plane in the world. For the German flights and due to airport congestions, the cargo was loaded in different locations: Shanghai, Tianjin and Shenzen. From each of those locations, it was transferred to the SALIS home base in Leipzig/Halle, in Germany.
The Polish Government tasked five missions to SALIS. The last Polish mission, completed on 3 June 2020, was also the last COVID-19 mission executed so far. Poland started airlifting medical supplies on the 7th of April. Since then, five AN-124 aircraft transferred 299 tons of equipment and supplies to Wroclaw airport.