World’s largest cargo aircraft delivers to Abu Dhabi
Chapman Freeborn and Fiege Logistics Switzerland AG have transported outsize oil and gas equipment, totalling 232 tonnes, from Germany to the United Arab Emirates, in the world's largest cargo aircraft.
The global aircraft charter specialist’s Germany team utilised the giant Antonov AN-225 freighter and an additional Boeing B747-400F aircraft to deliver the time-critical cargo from Leipzig Halle Airport (LEJ) and Frankfurt–Hahn Airport (HHN) to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on May 20th 2016.
The AN-225 operation at Leipzig Halle Airport was closely managed by Chapman Freeborn’s project manager Christian Becker. The 16-hour loading process to manoeuvre 153 tonnes of cargo involved using the AN-225’s ramp-loading apparatus and internal winch, in addition to an external heavy-lift crane.
The largest of the six pieces handled was a compressor weighing 79 tonnes and measuring over 14 metres in length.
Following the successful loading of the outsize cargo, the AN-225 departed and flew to Abu Dhabi via Cairo for refuelling.
At the same time, the closely-synchronised B747-400F operation at Frankfurt–Hahn Airport was overseen by Chapman Freeborn representatives, with a further consignment of nearly 80 tonnes of cargo loaded and dispatched to Abu Dhabi.
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 tonnes and was originally developed by Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s to transport the Soviet Union’s Buran spacecraft.
Over the last decade, Chapman Freeborn has received more than 20 top aviation industry awards for service and innovation, including the recent Charter Provider of the Year title at the STAT Times Awards 2016, held in Mumbai.