Over the course of the week Chapman Freeborn Germany transported over 204 tonnes of cargo from Germany to Namibia to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
The cargo, which comprised of vital supplies including face masks, gowns and gloves, was transported in an A340 passenger aircraft that had its seats removed so it could be used as a freighter.
Charter Broker Jan Körber explained, “During summer holiday season in Germany most airports are crowded and understaffed. It was a big challenge to find an airport that was able to handle all of the flights in a row. Paderborn Lippstadt Airport (PAD) was able to support this and meet all our expectations”.
Senior Manager Charter Broker Martin Ziegler said, “By involving our local office in Johannesburg and our Operation department in the UK, we ensured a smooth operation with constant flight monitoring the entire time.”
Chapman Freeborn staff supervised the handling at Paderborn, and even helped to stack over 23,000 boxes onboard.
Since the start of the pandemic Chapman Freeborn has delivered thousands of tonnes of life-saving PPE and medical equipment all over the world.
Chapman Freeborn was also the first chartered flight to Nepal for Airlink and their partners as they transported medical supplies and hospital beds for the community.
The humanitarian aid was operated using a 747 from Chicago to Baku and onwards to Delhi and arrived safely in Kathmandu.
In July Chapman Freeborn South Africa flew a large amount of cargo to West Africa in two Antonov AN-12 aircraft.
The versatile aircraft able to carry outsized and heavy items and ideal for use in operations for the mining, oil and gas industries was instrumental for the specific operation as one of the items alone weighed over 6 tonnes.
The flights departed from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) on two consecutive days, each flying to a different airport in West Africa.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo