Chapman Freeborn, Maximus Air operate charter flight to deliver MRI machine to Maldives

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Aug 20, 2019: Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Maximus Air recently teamed to deliver the first MRI machine to Addu Atoll, the southernmost atoll in the Maldives archipelago, from Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai.

The cargo, consisting of the MRI machine and 166 components, was transported aboard Antonov An-124 aircraft. The use of the Maximus Antonov aircraft provided significant cost savings when compared with an alternative proposal calling for three separate flights using smaller Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft.

Chapman Freeborn operated this charter flight within 48 hours of its confirmation.

The machine will be installed at Hithadhoo Regional Hospital in Addu Atoll. And with this delivery, patients needing MRIs will no longer have to fly 350 miles to the Maldivian capital of Male.

The delivery marked the first time an An-124 – one of the largest aircraft in the world – has landed at Gan International Airport, one of the biggest international airports of Maldives.

Because of limited cargo-handling capabilities at Gan, Chapman Freeborn project managers accompanied the cargo on the six-hour flight to help oversee safe unloading and handling of the MRI machine and components.

Chapman Freeborn, Maximus Air operate charter flight to deliver MRI machine to Maldives

Vikas Chaturvedi, Chapman Freeborn’s Dubai Commercial manager - Cargo said: “Transporting this type of medical equipment on short notice requires careful planning and close attention to detail. Our strength lies with our global reach and the aviation professionals working with Chapman Freeborn. We want to thank the team at Maximus and Wings 24 for their valuable support.”

Samir Ramadan, vice president-Commercial at Maximus Air said: “All departments at Maximus got into action and synchronised as this was first ever An-124 operation into Gan island.”

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