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Cargo Air Charter

Medical equipment flown to Hanoi on Boeing 747-400F air cargo charter

Our US cargo charter team recently worked in association with the St. Anthony Health Foundation and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to arrange the air transportation of surplus medical supplies from the US to Vietnam.

Over 50 tons of medical equipment including hospital beds and surgical tools was trucked from Denver to Chicago and then flown over 8,000 miles from O’Hare International Airport to Hanoi on a Boeing 747-400F aircraft charter.

The cargo charter project followed the closure of St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver last year and its replacement by a new medical facility built nearby – with surplus medical equipment from the old facilities donated to the Bach Mai Hospital in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi.

The fundraising effort was led by Dr. Carl Bartecchi, a Colorado physician who advocates the adoption of modern medical practices in Vietnam and supports the training program in academic medicine for Vietnamese physicians and nurses at Bach Mai.

The successful delivery of the much-needed equipment – estimated to be worth over $1 million in value – was particularly poignant as it arrives on the 40th anniversary of the Bach Mai Hospital bombing in 1972 which claimed the lives of 28 hospital staff.

Chapman Freeborn’s US team provided full support for the cargo charter including securing the Boeing 747-400F aircraft and assisting with the airport handling and cargo loading/unloading arrangements in both Chicago and Hanoi.

You can read the full press release here

To find out more about the St. Anthony Health Foundation click here.