Malaysia Airlines’ MABkargo division wrapped up another oil and gas charter flight, transporting 72 tonnes of bulk cargo from Leipzig, Germany to Bintulu, Sarawak in East Malaysia.
The charter was undertaken for an unspecified global oil and gas company, which utilised the metal and call sign of partner airline Silkway West. The flight, originating from Leipzig, Germany touched down in Bintulu Airport (BTU) at 1930(LT) today after a quick transit in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The MABkargo team conducted a detailed planning process to prepare the bulky cargo for loading into and unloading from the B747-400F. To support the jumbo jet’s operations in BTU, ground support equipment were specially brought in from Kuching and Miri airports.
“The oil & gas industry’s charters have always been very challenging and more often than not, present logistical intricacies. In this case, we had to prep a small airport to receive a big aircraft. With the support of a great ground handling team and local airport authorities, we made it happen today”, said Amiroel Shazrie Yussof, MABkargo’s Sales & Marketing general manager.
“Charter flights are ideal for the oil & gas industry as they allow our customers to work on their own schedule utilising the most convenient airports. Over the years, MABkargo has gained immense experience from coordinating and successfully delivering oil and gas equipment to a number of destinations worldwide.
“We have also handled many types of charters – oil & gas, Grand Prix, concert equipment and livestock movements being the major ones. Our experience in handling charters created a niche strength for us and has secured the trust of our customers. Today, charter flights are a key revenue generator for MABkargo” he added.