Chapman Freeborn and EMO Trans Fly Large Turbine for Critical Repairs

Critical to the success of this operation was the ability of Chapman Freeborn and its logistics partners to process urgent flight permits even during the 16-day US government shutdown.

Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 13, 2013 --( Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and EMO Trans Global Logistics have successfully coordinated the charter of an Antonov AN-124 and an Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD to transport a large 28 ton payload from Jamaica to the USA and back.

The aircraft were utilised in a joint operation to move an outsized rotor turbine from Montego Bay, Jamaica to a repair facility close to Chicago, IL. After the successful repairs were made the turbine was flown back from Houston, TX to Montego Bay.

These charter flights were critical to support regional power requirements as the rotor turbine supported the sole transmitter and distributor of electricity at a local power station.

Ruslan International and Volga Dnepr Airlines responded quickly on short notice to support this mission and immediately dispatched their AN-124 and IL-76 aircraft, respectively.

The outsized cargo was loaded through the nose of the AN-124 aircraft with the assistance of a mobile crane, special loading ramp and onboard winches.

For the return flight on the IL-76, the cargo was placed on wooden pallets and loaded on board the aircraft using a mobile crane and trailer.

Also contributing was AJAS, the ground handler in Jamaica which provided aircraft and cargo handling, crane coordination and flight support for all crews and support personnel at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Commenting on the successful operation, Jack Burt, cargo charter broker from Chapman Freeborn USA said:

“Critical to the success of this operation was the ability of Chapman Freeborn, EMO Trans and Volga Dnepr to process urgent, ad-hoc flight permits during the 16-day US government shutdown, as the associated departments at the US Department of Transportation were officially closed at the time of permit application.

"Chapman Freeborn is proud to work with our partner EMO Trans Global Logistics and our air carrier partners to successfully transport and deliver this turbine back to the island and people of Jamaica. The coordination and synergy of all parties involved created a smooth and flawlessly executed pair of flights."

About EMO Trans
Established in 1972, EMO Trans has grown to more than 30 U.S. offices and 250 network locations in 80 countries around the world. Globally, more than 7,000 employees work behind-the-scenes to move everything from large industrial machinery to small electronic components. EMO Trans works with industries such as aviation/AOG, electronics and high tech, telecommunications, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, chemicals and HAZMAT, live animals, automotive, oil and energy, and temperature-controlled goods.

Abiding by a corporate philosophy of Success by Performance, EMO Trans strives to create highly customized logistics solutions for each customer’s unique needs. The company’s ocean import and export services include full container load (FCL), less-than-container load (LCL), oversized break bulk, and freight consolidation programs. Its air import and export service options range from standard to consolidation to economy service through a variety of carriers, as well as full charter services.

EMO Trans’ knowledgeable staff helps customers with required customs documentation and all pre- and post-entry needs. The company also offers value-added services such as warehousing and distribution, financial services and letter of credit preparation, supply chain management, and third-party logistics (3PL).

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About Chapman Freeborn
Chapman Freeborn was established in the UK in 1973 and the group now comprises of over 30 offices and 450 employees around the world.

The company specializes in the charter and lease of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft for a wide ranging client base including major international organizations, NGOs, multinational corporations, governments, and a host of industries around the globe.

Chapman Freeborn is dedicated to adding real value to clients and suppliers. The company was voted Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the World Air Cargo Awards for six consecutive years. Industry publication Air Cargo News also named Chapman Freeborn as its Cargo Charter Broker of the Year 2012 and 2013.

In addition to cargo charters and on board courier (OBC) services, Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet and helicopter charters for executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel.

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Chapman Freeborn Airchartering
Gwen Goh
550 W. Cypress Creek Road
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309