Air Charter Service (ACS) was recently called into action to move almost 400 tonnes of components to add the finishing touches to a new power plant in Niger.
The air charter company arranged for Antonov An-124s to transport the heavy payload from France to Niamey, the capital of the African country.
ACS’s cargo director in France, Alex Busila said: “Our client needed to get ten 40-foot containers, each weighing 35 tonnes, plus an extra 40 tonnes of cargo, from France to Niamey, the capital city of Niger. It was being flown in so that a new power plant could be completed in time to help provide power before the African Union summit, held in Niamey last weekend.
“The only aircraft capable of carrying three 40-foot containers of these weights in one go is the AN-124, so it was the natural choice for the flights. The tenth container was accompanied by another 40 tons of supplementary outsized cargo necessary for the construction.
“The charters flew out of France and were spaced one week apart, starting in mid-May and finishing in mid-June. I’m delighted to report that the plant was finished on time.”