August 17, 2017: Global air cargo charter specialist Chapman Freeborn facilitated the movement of 60 tonnes of time-critical delivery of pipe spooling from Sharjah to Houston. This is for an equipment upgrade at a gas-to-liquids processing plant. Chapman Freeborn's Dubai office with the assistance of Magma Aviation was able to make the necessary arrangements within the stipulated time. To accommodate the requirement of the unidentified client, Magma Aviation repositioned a nose-loading B747-400F aircraft to the Middle East for the said operation.

Chapman Freeborn's cargo team did a detailed loadability assessment and provided packaging advice for the urgent consignment - which included six crates of pipes of varying weights and dimensions, with the largest of the pieces measuring over 13-metres in length.

Under the supervision of specialist loadmasters, the outsize equipment was carefully transferred from flatbed trucks and onto high loaders using an external crane brought in for the project.

Vikas Chaturvedi, commercial manager for India and the Middle East, Chapman Freeborn, said, "We're delighted to have managed this charter project on behalf of our client. Time-critical shipments of this kind can be challenging when the load consists of multiple outsize pieces – but with the help of Magma Aviation and the other parties involved we're pleased to have ensured a smooth operation."

Following the successful loading of the complex cargo in Sharjah, the Magma aircraft departed on schedule and flew to the US via a short stop in Liege for refuelling. Safely delivered to Houston, the equipment was quickly cleared for onwards transit to its final destination for installation.

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