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ANTONOV Airlines transports mining equipment to Gabon for Bolloré Logistics

Posted 29 January 2019 · Add Comment

ANTONOV Airlines has completed a project transporting mining equipment from East Midlands Airport (EMA) in the UK to Franceville Airport (MVB) in Gabon in just nine days, facilitated by in-house ANTONOV Airlines loading technology.

    

Ground staff at EMA used ANTONOV Airline’s purpose-built ramp positioned at an angle of only three degrees to load two tracked crushing machines, and the entire process was completed using remote control.     

“One of our AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ aircraft flew two 18m-long crushing machines to be used in mining operations in Gabon, on behalf of our long-standing customer, Bolloré Logistics,” said Paul Bingley, commercial manager of ANTONOV Airlines.  

“The project turn-around was only nine days and in that timeframe, we managed to deliver a cost-effective solution by securing special permission for landing in Gabon’s second city, Franceville, which is 600km closer to the mine than the capital, Libreville.”

The total combined weight of the two machines was nearly 70 tonnes, and precision was vital during the loading process.

“We only required one flight for this project as the hold length of the AN-124-100 measures in at just over 36m, making it the perfect fit for two vehicles which are 18.68m in length,” said Chris Grigentin, Bolloré Logistics director of industrial projects, France.   

“We partner regularly with ANTONOV Airlines whose aircraft provide more than sufficient space for carrying oversized equipment, and this is yet another job completed in excellent time.    

“We look forward to working with ANTONOV on future projects.”

         

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