Antonov An-225 Moves Critical Construction Supplies to Middle East
Jamaica, NY, July 9, 2014 – Compass Forwarding chartered the Antonov An-225 Mriya – the world’s largest aircraft – for a July 2 flight that brought five critically-needed air conditioning units from Minneapolis, Minnesota to a construction site in Doha, Qatar.
The chartered An-225 carried five air conditioner chillers weighing a total of 87,500 kilograms from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Doha’s new Hamad International Airport via France. The chillers were delivered for a fast-track hotel renovation project in Doha.
“Compass is committed to meeting whatever challenges are called for by our clients,” commented Robert M. Shelala II, Compass’ Associate Director of Business Development. “No matter how large the cargo and how quickly it is needed at the destination, Compass has a solution that can meet the challenge. This charter symbolizes that commitment.”
With short notice and only one week to react, Compass was able to fast-track the logistics and secure resources for this project, including putting personnel on the ground to monitor and ensure the cargo on an expedited basis.
Compass Forwarding is a New York-based international transportation logistics company with over 60 years of experience in providing innovative solutions for industries including construction, aerospace, defense, energy, retail and chemical. Over the past 60 years, Compass has specialized and performed 100% in fast-track, highly-sensitive, and remote-location cargoes.
The An-225 is a Ukrainian strategic airlifter originally developed for use by the Soviet Union’s space program. The six-engine aircraft is used for transporting cargoes such as humanitarian supplies, trains, and heavy industrial equipment too large for other commercial freighters. The aircraft has a 43 meter long cargo bay capable of carrying up to 253 tons.