Chapman Freeborn successfully delivers 600 kilo urgent cargo using a helicopter
The Chapman Freeborn team in Germany managed to successfully deliver urgent cargo from Frankfurt International Airport to a plant in Mühlheim an der Ruhr. The delivery of the 600 kilo package, which was already onboard a scheduled long haul flight from China to Frankfurt, needed to reach sooner to avoid a line shutdown.
The cargo comprised 12 pallets, that contained automobile parts needed for a production line at the plant. The Chapman Freeborn team, which was contacted to carry out the delivery got to work immediately and assessed the situation. The time to deliver the cargo from Frankfurt Airport to the plant by road haulage would take over three hours. The nearest airport to the plant was still an hour away, therefore another charter cargo plane would not be the quickest solution this time either. So, in record time, the team managed to position a EC145 Eurocopter at Egelsbach airport, fifteen minutes away from Frankfurt International Airport.
However, that was only the first part of dealing with the time-bound delivery. The next challenge for their team was to find a suitable and nearby landing zone that would make the operation as quick as possible. The employee car park next to the production plant turned out to be the ideal location for the EC145 to land, so their team contacted the client based at the plant and requested that the car park was immediately cleared for landing.
The EC145 was loaded with one pallet with centimetres to spare and the fragile 600 kilo cargo was carefully flown straight to the plant, which enabled the production line to keep running. The remaining 11 pallets continued their journey via road haulage and arrived later to successfully complete the delivery.