Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Project Air Freight Expert Draws on 'Flying Boat' Experience

Giant Aircraft Again Solves Transport Conundrum
Shipping News Feature

JORDAN – TANZANIA – Specialist out of gauge and project air freight group Volga Dnepr brought new meaning to the term ‘Flying Boat’ recently when it undertook to carry two fourteen tonne cutters on one of its huge AN-124-100 freighters. Cutters are the type of vessel traditionally used by the authorities for coastguard duties and the like but their sheer size and weight usually precludes delivery by air.

On this latest occasion, the use of standard loading cranes was not possible because of the cutters’ size and the heavy lift specialist had to draw on the vast experience the company has in transporting boats, including patrol boats, yachts and submersibles around the world. In this instance Volga-Dnepr’s load planning experts used a rail system to safely place the Amie and Bridie boats, measuring over thirteen metres long and four metres high, into the aircraft’s cargo hold.

The flight to Tanzania was on behalf of the global air charter specialists, Chapman Freeborn, a company which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary and which recently collected the title of Air Charter Provider of the Year in Africa for the second consecutive time at the Air Cargo Africa 2013 event held last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Speaking of the latest successful shipment Vikas Chaturvedi, Chapman Freeborn’s Project manager in Dubai, said:

“The moment we received this enquiry, we turned to Volga-Dnepr Airlines for their support. As an award winning charter broker, we only work with partners we can fully trust and rely on. We applaud Volga-Dnepr and their professional team for their support in handling such sensitive cargo and for their seamless planning and execution of the delivery.”

Photo: Two giant cranes slide a rail mounted cutter inside the fuselage of the AN-124-100.