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Chapman Freeborn delivers outsize air cargo from Japan to Saudi Arabia

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has seen strong demand for its heavy and outsize cargo charter expertise in recent weeks.

The latest of several large movements saw our cargo charter team coordinate the air transportation of outsize oil and gas equipment from Japan to Saudi Arabia to support an energy project in the region.

The 72-ton time-critical consignment was flown from Narita International Airport (NRT) to King Fahd International Airport (DMM) on a chartered B747-400F aircraft, coordinated on behalf of Expeditors.

Our operations team flew to Japan to provide full representation for the charter, including overseeing the loading and offloading of the cargo which consisted of 12 wooden crates containing nickel alloy fin tubes – each weighing over six tons.

The outsize cargo was prepared airside and required two main deck loaders in addition to an external 20-ton crane to be securely manoeuvred into the aircraft.

Chapman Freeborn’s Vikas Chaturvedi, commercial manager India and Middle East, said:

“We were delighted to work with Expeditors on this charter project. Loading outsize cargo of this kind presents its own challenges but with meticulous planning and local coordination we were able to meet the client’s expectations.”

Expeditors’ Sudesh Bhagat, director of air cargo Middle East, added:

“I am extremely proud of the Expeditors team in Narita and Dammam and also our global charter partner Chapman Freeborn who jointly executed this sensitive flight with true professionalism. They did a commendable job by coordinating with both airport authorities, airline loadmasters, handling agents and ground service providers.”

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