Air Partner - 29 Nov 2017
At Air Partner, we are used to going above and beyond for our clients - even when faced with the most extraordinary requests. For example, this summer we were called upon to fly a client’s equipment from Billund, Denmark, to Station Nord in Greenland for an Arctic expedition.
Air Partner located an Antonov 12 for the trip so that there would be enough storage capacity to accommodate the 17.5 tonnes of equipment needed for a long expedition in the Nordics, which included dangerous goods such as fuel and batteries. In total, there were 200 pieces packed on the aircraft, which were monitored by the two cargo attendants Air Partner had arranged to be on board to ensure that everything ran smoothly during the flight.
The flight operated with two fuel stops - the first at Trondheim in Norway and the second on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago - as there would be no fuel available at the destination to enable the aircraft to fly back.
Freight is rarely flown to Greenland due to weather restrictions and other logistical factors, and so there was a lot of planning required to get this flight off the ground. However, since Air Partner has global experience arranging complex cargo charter flight solutions, the team was able to ensure the flight was operated in the most timely, efficient, and cost-effective way.
Behind the scenes, there is much more to organise when arranging cargo charter flights besides simply locating and renting the aircraft. Depending on the type of cargo on board, traffic rights have to be applied for, often through diplomatic channels, aircraft handling and airport slots organised, and loading equipment confirmed. Due to the location of some airports such us high-lying Kathmandu in Nepal, aircrew even need receive special training in order to operate there.
At Air Partner, no two cargo scenarios are treated the same. The Freight team offers bespoke solutions for every request it receives to ensure that its clients’ requirements are fulfilled on time and on budget. What’s more, with Air Partner’s dedicated 24/7 operations centre, clients can rest assured that the team will find an appropriate tailored solution, 365 days a year.