“The piston will reach the consignee in time”, Tommy Chun, Dominik Ruckdeschel and Zhipeng Liu, who were in charge of the project, were confident. Planning and realizing air cargo projects is a specialty of the Karl Gross air freight section. A short time before this project, they had chartered an Antonov – the world’s largest cargo aircraft – to deliver an oversize and heavy lift consignment in time.
As for this shipment, the IL76 departed from the airport at 8 p.m. – with a delay of two hours. “To ensure arrival in the US in time, we had the flight route adapted”, our colleagues recall. “One refuelling stop was cancelled and a second stop (crew rest) was done in Iceland instead of in Ireland. In this way, we could make up for the delay in departure.” The IL76 touched down at the airport of arrival in the US on January 10th, 6 p.m. local time.
Covering a 750 kilometers distance in less than ten hours
The consignment was discharged right away and loaded onto a trailer truck for immediate take-off to its final destination in the Northwest of the state of Pennsylvania. The entire on-carriage was performed within nine hours, only.