Thursday, August 7, 2014

Entire Hospital Packed as 20 foot ISO Containers and Shipped as Air Freight

Giant Plane Once Again Proves its Value
Shipping News Feature

TURKEY – MIDDLE EAST – Once again the 17-strong fleet of giant Antonov An-124 aircraft managed and marketed by Ruslan International, has proved its worth with the shipping of an entire portable hospital. Leading air charter broker, Air Partner arranged for the air freight contract which saw the demountable, modular clinic comprising 10 individual units, all based around ISO 20ft containers for ease of transport and assembly on site, shipped to the customer, a Middle Eastern ruling family.

The 10 units a reception hall, radiology room, operating theatre, dentistry unit, intensive care unit, pharmacy and medical store, and twin generators, weighed in at 44 tonnes and were flown on a single AN-124 flight from its manufacturer in Turkey to Tangier’s IBN Batouta Airport, en route to its final destination. Air Partner’s Regional Freight Manager for Turkey, Emir Ozdabak, commented:

“We chose the AN-124 because it could carry all 10 units on a single flight, and because its on-board crane system meant loading and unloading could be performed directly to and from road vehicles, without the need for any handling equipment. We have a huge amount of experience in dealing with outsize cargo, and we were pleased to be able to work with Ruslan International to find an innovative solution to meet our client’s needs.”