AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has transported a 22-metre pipe for a solar energy project onboard one of its Boeing 747 Freighters for European customer Neele-Vat Air B.V through its abcXL product.
Eight crates weighing around 20,000 kg and measuring 2200 x 50 x 50cm were loaded through the 747’s nose-swing door in Amsterdam, with the help of two loading cranes, in preparation for the delivery to Zhengzhou, China.
ABC’s general director, Sergey Lazarev said: “With only a few cargo carriers in the world able to provide a nose-door loading option for very long and out-of-gauge shipments, we are proud to have been chosen for this project, which acknowledges our proven expertise in performing technically challenging and complex deliveries.
“Our abcXL service is the result of strong internal support and the alignment of the company’s procedures, the reinforcement of our commercial and operational teams, and the management of our service quality with the launch of our 24/7 Control Tower.
“All of these efforts reflect our commitment to continually improving our product offering to meet the needs of our global customers.”
In the first three months of 2018, ABC posted an 18 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of oversized cargoes being loaded through the nose door of its 747F aircraft using special handling procedures.
Payloads have included gas turbines, industrial equipment, oil & gas equipment, aerospace cargoes such as parts, fuselage, engines, and helicopters, as well as tractors, mining equipment and other products which require special care and attention.