Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Time Critical Logistics Proves Vital for F1 Freight

Adjacent Airport Solves Austrian Grand Prix Problem
Shipping News Feature

UK – AUSTRIA – A recent shipment undertaken by time critical logistics experts Bespoke Distribution Aviation (BDA) illustrates both the pressurised nature of modern Formula 1 racing, and what can be achieved by a specialist freight team. Urgent carbon fibre parts required by one top competing team were collected from Luton Airport in the UK by BDA’s Frankfurt based Short 360 aircraft, and delivered to an ex-military airport right next to the Red Bull Ring where the Austrian F1 Grand Prix was due to take place.

The entire process, from the Frankfurt to Luton flight, collection of the cargo, positioning to Zeltweg Airport in Austria, and final mile delivery was completed in under eight hours, and the cargo offloaded and delivered at track-side. BDA’s charter flights can be launched within 90 minutes of a charter being confirmed and as Managing Director, Kevin Turner, explained, they are a quick and immediate solution for carrying urgent, time critical cargo saying:

“We undertake regular charter flights to airports Europe-wide but, as you can imagine, this flight was very exciting for us. In order to successfully land the cargo as close to the track as possible, we had to land in an ex-military airport and because the cargo was lightweight, weighing in at just 235kg, we had to be very careful in both the handling and movement of the freight.

“Charter flights like this one demonstrate how useful this service is to manufacturers and freight forwarders requiring urgent time-critical deliveries across Europe. It was crucial that we had the entire operation intricately planned to ensure that the cargo arrived in Austria in advance of the Grand Prix so all the relevant pre-race preparations could be made. Without the resource of a chartered flight, this immediate same-day delivery could not be guaranteed and this could have affected the arrival time at Zeltweg Airport, and ultimately could have affected the race.”

BDA, which operates from Coventry Airport in the UK, has three other European gateway hubs for both air and road line haul routes in Frankfurt, Maastricht and Dublin, all with urgent charter flight capabilities. From these strategically placed European airports, the company offers charters for cargo that has a maximum weight of 3,200 kg with volume capacity of up to 40m². BDA actively started offering Europe-wide air cargo charter flights from mid-2013 when they acquired German freight airline NightExpress, and provide a vital lifeline for companies that require immediate transportation of emergency orders, particularly in the automotive, machine spares, and medical and pharmaceutical industries.