Dubai, UAE, Monday, 13th June 2016 – The world’s largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya (AN-225), took its first voyage from Ukraine to Abu Dhabi carrying a shipment handled by Freightworks, the WACO System member for the UAE.
The six-engine, 600-tonne aircraft, which has twice the wing area of a Boeing 747, was transporting a compressor skid and associated system equipment. There were six pieces of cargo weighing a total of 155 tonnes.
“We have a dedicated project team in place for pre-planning the handling of such moves,” said Andrew O’Donnell, Director Projects, Removals and Fine Art, Freightworks.
“This ensured smooth access airside for all equipment and personnel prior to plane arrival and a total of seven hours to offload the cargo.”
Freightworks contracted Freightworks Logistics in Abu Dhabi to complete destination services, which included arranging and undertaking the offloading of the AN-225 airside, and onward transportation to the final destination.
“Handling for the largest aircraft in the world has been an exciting challenge for the Freightworks team,” said O’Donnell.
“Now and then, there are seminal events in the airfreight industry, and we are honoured to have been a part of this one.”
“It’s always a pleasure to hear of our members’ achievements, and to service the largest aircraft in the world showcases just what The WACO System is all about,” said Richard Charles, Executive Director, The WACO System.
“Handling cargo for the Antonov AN-225 on what is only its first journey to Abu Dhabi has allowed Freightworks to demonstrate the expertise and ability which The WACO System requires in all its members, and in an engagement which demanded nothing but the best.”
A Boeing 747 was also chartered for the same project, and an additional 45 packages, amounting to 78 tonnes, were handled by Freightworks Logistics Abu Dhabi before being delivered to the final destination at the project site in Rumaitha, UAE.
ABOUT THE WACO SYSTEM
WACO has a community of 110 members in 107 countries with a combined network of more than 400 locations, employing over 21,000 freight professionals who handle over 1.85 million shipments each year including one million tonnes of airfreight. The exclusive network has a combined annual turnover of USD four billion.
The company is an Association owned by its members with its Corporate Head Office in Zurich, Switzerland, and operational management in London, UK. More about WACO here
Freightworks is an international freight forwarder and logistics provider, located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
It is a joint venture between the shareholder Emirates/DNATA, the largest supplier of air travel services in the Middle East and The Kanoo Group, a diversified business conglomerate with the main scope in shipping and trading. Freightworks offers a wide range of international and domestic transportation and logistics services.