deugro Air Chartering Helps to Keep Projects on Track Despite the COVID-19 Impact

deugro Air Chartering completed the transport of critical oversized compressor equipment from Germany to the USA by an Antonov 124 freighter aircraft.

Together with deugro Houston, deugro Air Chartering executed the transport of oversized compressor equipment using an Antonov 124 (AN-124). Initially, it was planned to ship the cargo by sea, but due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on industrial production in Europe, the completion of the unit was delayed by several months. To maintain the delivery and installation schedule of the project, the compressor needed to be delivered to the job site immediately after fabrication.

“deugro’s experts identified an air charter solution using an AN-124 as the optimum method to
transport the cargo, allowing flexibility to plan the flight date in accordance with the cargo readiness
date, including nominating the airport of destination closest to the production site,” said Tobias M.
Schultz, Executive Vice President, deugro group.

“Air charter, with its benefits of speed and flexibility, is considered a premium-cost solution. deugro
always tries to focus on reducing transportation costs for the client. Our air charter team has years
of experience in executing complex air freight projects. The team is committed to always finding the
right transport solution at the highest QHSES standards and at the most reasonable costs.”

“For this project, we were able to secure the AN-124 based on an empty ferry leg. This allowed us
to reduce the charter price for our client by about 20%, which is a significant cost reduction if you are
talking about a full charter on the world’s second-largest cargo aircraft,” said Pavel Kuznetsov, Head
of Air Chartering for deugro.

The second challenge deugro solved successfully was the configuration of the unit. The position of the lifting lugs of the compressor unit, originally prepared for ocean freight transport, did not allow for loading the cargo with the AN-124’s on-board crane. To overcome this major challenge, the deugro team arranged a mobile crane as well as a loading ramp to load the cargo into the aircraft at Germany’s Cologne Bonn Airport. The same method was used to offload the compressor at its destination, the USA’s Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

deugro provided end to end supervision for the movement of this critical cargo. Including on-site
operational management at the vendor’s manufacturing facility, during the aircraft handling
operations and the final transport to the production site, all according to deugro’s high-level QHSES
standards.