MAB Kargo (MASkargo) makes its first charter flight for the year transporting approximately 20 tonnes of Covid-19 test kits from Seoul to Jakarta.
Utilising its A330-200 freighter the flight was carried out from Incheon International Airport (ICN) on 4 January to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). The ad hoc deployment of the charter service was due to the urgent need to ensure timely delivery of the items, MASkargo says.
Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, MASkargo’s chief executive officer notes:” MASkargo is happy to operate this particular service, marking the first charter operation between the two countries by the airline for the year.”
The carrier says the charter teams involved faced numerous challenges during the year-end holidays in getting the much-needed goods safely according to the requirements including the appropriate temperature and traveling time. Coordination of the flight was facilitated by Zagreb-based charterers, recipients in Indonesia, and MASkargo teams in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.
“With the adequate infrastructure to ensure the safe handling, transportation, and distribution of the temperature-sensitive goods, MASkargo maintained the aircraft temperature at between 15 ̊C to 25 ̊C throughout the eleven-hour flight.
“This mission has proven beyond doubt, MASkargo’s capability and solid track record of carrying time and temperature-sensitive products within its network and beyond,” added Ibrahim.
In addition to its freighter flights, MASkargo also operates passenger-to-cargo (P2C) flights with increased frequency to meet demand, compensating for passenger capacity reduction. Aside from MASkargo’s three freighter aircraft, the group also utilises Malaysia Airlines Berhad’s passenger aircraft fleet, including: A330-300s, A350-900s, and A380-800.