Kintetsu World Express, Chapman Freeborn partner to fly relief cargo to South Sudan
Mar 16, 2020: Kintetsu World Express, in partnership with Chapman Freeborn, recently completed a series of seven Airbus A300F charter flights from Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, uplifting over 230,000 kg of aid and relief materials. The project was completed in less than three weeks and well ahead of the delivery deadline.
Due to the strict timescale requirements and the amount of additional planning required, Chapman Freeborn worked closely with in-house flight support company, Wings 24, to arrange additional services - including complete handling in DWC and Juba. To ensure a risk-free operation at both ends, Chapman Freeborn sent representatives on the flights into Juba.
Thanks to the combined effort of Kintetsu World Express, Chapman Freeborn and all parties involved, the flights were completed as planned and on time. The cargo was delivered safely with no damages or losses, even when the rest of Dubai was experiencing flooding and flight disruptions due to unstable weather conditions. The flights were well received in Juba, making national news in South Sudan. The Japanese ambassador received the first flight, along with senior South Sudan Government officials and a host of media reporters.
Finn O'Donnell-Sacco, Chapman Freeborn, said, "Relief aid projects are something the Chapman Freeborn group value greatly, and a lot of work went into the planning and execution of this project, including weeks of preparations over the Christmas period. We are very fortunate to have an excellent partner in Kintetsu World Express. Chapman Freeborn was well-positioned to undertake a project of this nature - utilising our 24/7 operations teams in Dubai and the UK."
Ryotaro Oka, Kintetsu World Express, said, "We are delighted to have worked with Chapman Freeborn on this high-profile project. We knew the criticalness and the contribution it would have to the local population. Kintetsu World Express completed this project by reacting quickly to the challenges of operating into this part of the world, meeting the deadlines that come with such valuable cargo and with careful planning. Our trusted partner Chapman Freeborn shared this ethos every step of the way. We are very pleased that our cooperation met and exceeded the expectations of our client and all parties involved."