Chapman Freeborn Airchartering is pleased to announce that it has formed an exclusive partnership with Air Libya to place and operationally manage an Antonov An-26 aircraft in Libya.

There is expected to be high demand for the freighter which will be based at Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport (MJI) on a long-term lease agreement with immediate effect. The An-26 - which offers a 5.5 ton payload - will be available for ad hoc cargo charter requirements within Libya as well as international flights to and from the EU and North Africa. The An-26 is considered to be one of the most versatile types in the market due to its ability to utilise short and unpaved runways in remote locations. It also features rear door loading and unloading capabilities - making it well suited to moving outsize pieces of cargo
It is the intention to introduce internal scheduled services to connect Tripoli and Benghazi with Libya’s more remote airfields - including regular operations to the oil fields in the south of the country.
The venture will provide much needed logistics solutions in a country where few international aviation companies are currently willing to invest in establishing services. It will also provide a viable alternative to sea freight routes to and from Europe which have been subject to high rates.

Paul Drew, Chapman Freeborn’s project manager, comments: "We're delighted to be working in partnership with Air Libya to develop air cargo solutions in the region. Freight forwarders and energy industry clients will benefit from this cooperation which offers professional, reliable services between the country’s key hubs and more remote locations. “Given the limited air freight and sea freight options currently available, the news of this service has been very well received so far.”

About Air Libya
Established in 1996, Air Libya has distinguished itself as being the first private aircraft operator to be granted an AOC in the country, as well as being the only airline based in Benghazi. As a successful provider in air transportation, Air Libya has focused its attention on increasing its fleet of aircraft to provide tailored solutions for the energy industry, as well as scheduled passenger services and chartered VIP flights. Air Libya primarily operates out of Benina International Airport, with further operations in Tripoli, Mitiga, Sebha and Kufrah.

About Chapman Freeborn
Chapman Freeborn was established in the UK in 1973 and the group now comprises of 35 offices in 25 countries around the world. The company specialises in the charter and lease of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft for a wide ranging client base including major international organisations, NGOs, multinational corporations, governments, and a host of industries around the globe. Chapman Freeborn is dedicated to adding real value to clients and suppliers. The company was voted Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the World Air Cargo Awards for six consecutive years. Industry publication Air Cargo News also named Chapman Freeborn as its Cargo Charter Broker of the Year 2012 and 2013. In addition to cargo charter and on board courier (OBC) operations, Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet and helicopter charters for executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel. Chapman Freeborn has over 450 employees worldwide and is currently ranked 32nd in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 list of Britain’s biggest mid-market private companies.

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