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IL-76 cargo charter for outsize part helps keep oil facility open

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Volga-Dnepr Airlines have helped to keep a key oil facility open by delivering a time-critical outsize part from Switzerland to Brazil.

A 28-ton rotor was flown from Zurich (ZRH) to Salvador (SSA) on an Ilyushin-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft, chartered by Chapman Freeborn on behalf of an oil and gas industry client.

With the plant facing closure until the replacement part could be delivered, specialists at Chapman Freeborn’s São Paulo office coordinated the time-critical cargo charter operation which required special exemptions to allow for customs clearance during the weekend.


Assisted by Chapman Freeborn colleagues in Europe and Volga-Dnepr’s professional loadmasters, the outsize equipment was carefully loaded into the aircraft using a 100-ton crane hired in for the project.

Maria Faria, country manager at Chapman Freeborn Brazil, said:

“Our cargo charter team was working on an extremely tight timescale and we’re delighted to have successfully executed the operation for our client. I would also like to thank Volga-Dnepr for its support in making the timely delivery possible.”


Photo: IL-76 cargo charter to transport a 28-ton rotor.