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Cargo Air Charter

Antonov AN-124 charter helps new biofuel plant open on schedule

Chapman Freeborn’s Italy team recently coordinated an urgent cargo charter to transport a giant piece of machinery from Turin to Recife in Brazil for a biofuel plant project.

The 28-ton outsize piece was required as one of the final parts of a brand new production facility set to open before the end of the year.

The piece was originally scheduled to be transported to South America by sea freight, but our Turin office was called in at short notice to arrange an Antonov AN-124 charter solution to ensure the project deadline was successfully met.

Ahead of the flight, our team visited the manufacturer’s facility to monitor the progress of the construction and advise on packaging requirements with the help of the loadmasters.

This planning process enabled the cargo to be loaded into the AN-124 aircraft without the use of external cranes, providing the client with cost-saving benefits.

Commenting on the successful charter operation, Matteo Forapani, CEO of Chapman Freeborn Italy, said:

“We were delighted to be able to help the client with this outsize charter requirement and we would like to thank the team at Turin International Airport for their assistance in making the project a success.

“In addition to overseeing the carefully-managed loading of the piece, we were able to ensure the departure was set at a time to eliminate the need for expensive aircraft de-icing.”