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AN-225 charter ensures fast delivery from Chile to Germany

Chapman Freeborn and the logistics service provider Logwin have successfully coordinated an Antonov AN-225 charter to transport an outsize rotor from Santiago in Chile to Leipzig Halle, Germany.

Our cargo team in Germany utilised a backload on an AN-225 freighter from Antonov Airlines and worked in close partnership with the airline to coordinate the delivery of the urgent 19-ton part.

At Santiago International Airport (SCL) the outsize rotor was loaded into the aircraft using a flatbed truck before being manoeuvred into position with the AN-225’s internal crane system, which boasts a 30-ton lifting capacity from a four-point lift.

Following the successful loading of the cargo, the AN-225 departed and flew to Leipzig Halle Airport (LEJ) via Paramaribo (PBM) in Suriname for refuelling.

Chapman Freeborn and Antonov Airlines were able to secure permits for the time-critical operation at very short notice, with changes to the itinerary only 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

AN-225 charter expertise

The charter from Chile to Germany is the second time that Chapman Freeborn has used the giant Antonov AN-225 Mriya freighter in the last 12 months.

In May, our team in Germany utilised the giant Antonov AN-225 freighter to deliver 153 tons of time-critical cargo from Leipzig Halle Airport (LEJ) to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The largest of the six pieces handled was a compressor weighing 79 tons and measuring over 14 metres in length.

The design of the unique AN-225 is based on its smaller sibling the AN-124 – an aircraft type regularly used by Chapman Freeborn to transport heavy and outsize air cargo around the world, in addition to a variety of western-built freighters.

The six-engine AN-225 can carry payloads of up to 250 tons and was originally developed by Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s to transport the Soviet Union’s Buran spacecraft.