Chapman Freeborn and ACI charter Antonov AN-225 to deliver outsize cargo


Chapman Freeborn and ACI charter Antonov AN-225 to deliver outsize cargo

Chapman Freeborn and Air Cargo International (ACI) have successfully completed a high-profile Antonov AN-225 charter to transport five giant compressors totalling 140 tons from South Korea to France.

The flight – which departed from Incheon International Airport – represents the first time the world’s largest fixed-wing aircraft has been used for an operation to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

Chapman Freeborn’s Paris office chartered the AN-225 freighter from Antonov Airlines and worked in close partnership with Air Cargo International (ACI) to coordinate the heavy lift project.

With the assistance of colleagues from Germany, Chapman Freeborn’s French team provided full airport representation for the charter – including overseeing the successful offload of the 30 ton pieces using a crane.

Giorgio Monti, Chapman Freeborn cargo charter manager, said:

“We’re delighted to have worked together with ACI to successfully deliver this outsize cargo movement, on time and within budget.

“We’re also proud to be the first company to bring the AN-225 freighter to Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and we would like to extend our thanks to the airport for helping to make this cargo charter operation a success.”

Chapman Freeborn has worked with the AN-225 freighter on several high-profile projects in the past – including its first ever commercial flight to South America, completed in 2010 on behalf of the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.

The unique AN-225 can carry payloads of up to 250 tons and was originally developed by Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s to transport the Soviet Union’s Buran spacecraft.

The model is an enlargement of the successful Antonov AN-124 freighter – an aircraft type Chapman Freeborn works with extensively to transport heavy and outsize cargo on a global basis.


About Chapman Freeborn

Chapman Freeborn was established in the UK in 1973 and the group now comprises of 35 offices in 25 countries around the world.

The company specialises in the charter and lease of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft for a wide ranging client base including major international organisations, 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 charter and on board courier (OBC) operations, 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.

Chapman Freeborn has over 450 employees worldwide and is currently ranked 32nd in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 list of Britain’s biggest mid-market private companies.

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About Air Cargo International (ACI)

Multimodal logistics specialist Air Cargo International (ACI) was established in Paris in 1975. The company has nearly 40 years of experience working with European importers and exporters – providing specialised land, sea and air cargo transport solutions.

ACI’s key areas of focus include the transportation of manufacturing, pharmaceutical, tradeshow and dangerous goods cargo, as well as providing niche logistics expertise for international motorsports events. For more information please visit:

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