Critical shipments included also urgent cargo (GIS, circuit breakers, stretch enclosures). This equipment was requested on site on an urgent basis and was split into two batches of 126 crates and 75 tons each. The decision was made to send these shipments by charter flights to meet the customer's deadline.
For the first batch, cargo readiness was confirmed on March 26, 2015, and the deugro operations team decided, together with the client, to charter two Airbus A300-F planes from Europe to Middle East. For the second batch, we received the final packing list 14 days later and considering the volume of the cargo, especially the tight schedule we decided to charter a 747-400F from Europe to Middle East in order to speed up the cargo handling at departure and ensure a faster cargo release at the destination. The flight departed on time, and the deugro team was on site the day before to supervise and secure the palletization. Loading operations started at 11:30 a.m. and the 747 was airborne by 2:00 p.m.
Non-critical shipments included general cargo, dangerous goods and out-of-gauge cargo. Because the remaining cargo was considered to be less critical, it was due to depart from European airports, which involved repacking and checking for dangerous goods compliance. Given the list of limited carriers allowed on this project, the deugro air freight department decided to place weekly bookings to secure space on all freighters leaving Europe and heading to Middle East.
The key to our success for this project was close monitoring and good relationships with all actors involved, including airlines, handlers and packers. We would also like to give a special thanks to all of the other deugro stations involved.