When an aircraft in Entebbe met with an AOG (aircraft on ground) situation due to engine problems, Chapman Freeborn’s cargo charter teams in Belgium, Uganda and Singapore worked together to complete a complicated, time-critical cargo charter.

The replacement engine was delivered to Luxembourg from Singapore on a Boeing B747F part charter and then loaded an Ilyushin IL-76 full charter that was waiting at the airport.

A charter specialist from Chapman Freeborn’s Uganda office was on the ground at Entebbe to help facilitate the operation and to ensure the engine was off-loaded correctly. The IL-76 then returned the faulty engine to Zurich.

This air cargo charter is a classic case demonstrating the strength of Chapman Freeborn’s global offices. Andrea Lim, cargo charter broker from Chapman Freeborn Singapore said: “Clients who require urgent long distance charters greatly benefit from our global coverage – as in this case when the cargo was flown from Singapore to Luxembourg to Uganda then to Zurich. The client can have a peace of mind because Chapman Freeborn’s local brokers are equipped with the necessary market knowledge and expertise to ensure that loading and unloading are well supervised.” She added that the biggest challenge for this particular cargo charter was the very tight timeframe

“As soon as the client decided to proceed with the charter at 7pm, no time was wasted to pick up the cargo from the warehouse and delivering it to the airport; all documentation requirements and customs formalities were managed promptly and the cargo was loaded and ready to be flown the very next morning.”

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