Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Heavy Lift Specialist Air Carrier Transports Vital Medical Equipment to US

Another Tale of Success in the Fight Against the Virus
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – US – The horrible pandemic has at least had some bright spots for some tasked with moving essential items to battle the virus, with most passenger aircraft still grounded the air cargo sector has had to take up as much of the slack as it could.

DHL Global Forwarding recently chartered the Ukrainian-headquartered carrier and heavy lift specialist Antonov Airlines to undertake the movement of essential pharmaceutical machinery from Germany to the US, where it will be used for the production of Covid-19 vaccines. Christopher Klein, Senior Manager Global Charters, DHL Global Forwarding takes up the story:

“The flights were a great charter project that we carried out together with Antonov Airlines professionally and to the fullest customer satisfaction. In the past few months there have been a number of challenges to master, most recently a snowstorm on the US east coast, which meant we had to change the destination airport at short notice.”

The carrier safely operated six flights of the cargo from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Germany, to the US, including Baltimore, Maryland, and Kinston Regional Jetport, North Carolina, with some flights having to navigate poor weather conditions in the US caused by snowstorms. Heavy snowfall across America meant that change in arrival airport for one of the flights from Baltimore to Stewart International Airport, New York, in order to ensure the safe delivery of the cargo.

Antonov Airlines used AN-124 planes, each with a payload of 150 tonnes, to carry the machinery, with each consignment weighing 100 tonnes. The cargo was loaded and unloaded onto the AN-124s using external cranes and unique loading equipment that was developed by Antonov Airlines’ in-house engineers. Dmytro Prosvirin, Head of Customer Service Department, Antonov Airlines, said;

“It is a global effort in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and we are honoured that Antonov Airlines played a key role in this.”