Intradco Global charters AN-225 for Covid-19 PPE

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Nearly 1,000 cubic metres of medical cargo transported on the Antonov AN-225 to support the COVID-19 relief effort in Canada.

Intradco Global, in collaboration with GTA GSM, has completed a significant charter operation transporting 13,000 cartons – totalling nearly 1,000 cubic metres – of medical supplies and PPE onboard the Antonov AN-225.

The world’s largest aircraft arrived into Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), having flown from Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN) with fuel stops at Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

While the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, many animal movements have been postponed. Instead of waiting for the market to pick back up, the teams at Intradco Global have been utilising their global charter aviation expertise, and network to facilitate medical charters to help with the COVID-19 response.

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Charlie McMullen, Intradco Global director, says: “Difficult times call for adaptability, and I am proud of the Intradco Global team for adjusting our usual offering to assist in the PPE supply chain efforts.

“As Live animal movements became very restricted, we switched our resources to seeking out new air charter capacity while there was a surge in demand for PPE. I am glad our efforts played a small part in the global effort, and allowed our clients to import quickly, and at more cost-effective solutions than we saw the market was offering.”

McMullen adds that chartering the AN-225 is a rare occurrence for even the most seasoned of air freight professionals, “so the whole team will enjoy seeing this bird flying for Intradco Global.”

Tom Lamb, Intradco Global regional manager – North America comments: “It was a fantastic team effort and a great early achievement for our New Canadian office Intradco North America and our partner GSM/GTA. We are very proud to be assisting in the fight against Covid-19 by delivering this essential PPE equipment to the people who need it most.”

The live animal logistics specialist says, “this recent mission is testament to the adaptability that is so valuable right now.” Since 1987, Intradco Global has made a name for itself chartering aircraft for animal movements – whether developing new, safer stalls for animal air travel or facilitating the reintroduction of species into the wild – now the company is focussed on providing air cargo capacity for critical PPE.

Later this year, Intradco Global is set to announce a newly formed wing of its organisation – Intradco Projects – which will focus on unique missions like this PPE shipment, utilising its worldwide charter network and expertise to offer specialised services for niche air cargo products.

Intradco Global is a Chapman Freeborn company and a family member of Avia Solutions Group, the largest aerospace business group from Central & Eastern Europe with 67 offices and production stations providing aviation services and solutions worldwide.

The Chapman Freeborn Group has performed many successful airfreight projects with the AN-225, delivering reliable air cargo charter solutions for clients. The group organised the first transatlantic flight from Frankfurt-Hahn to Toronto, as well as the first commercial flight of the AN-225 to South America in 2010.

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