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Heavy lift comes to the small screen

May 12 - Viewers of a TV documentary series on the global aviation industry will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at a recent heavy lift maindeck shipment made on an AN-124 freighter.

An entire episode of a Discovery Channel series on aviation will be devoted to the shipment of a rotor used in power generation together with associated equipment weighing a total of 97 tonnes flown from Düsseldorf to Santiago de Chile. The AN-124 was chartered by Chapman Freeborn for international logistics service provider Logwin fromRuslan International.

In late April, a camera team from the US broadcaster Discovery Channel accompanied the rotor, which had been repaired in Germany, on its return flight to Santiago de Chile. The defective rotor was flown from Chile to Düsseldorf for repair back in February this year. The return flight was successful and no problems were recorded.

Chapman Freeborn says: "Viewers are to be given an insight in to the inner workings of aviation and will be able to experience how extraordinary projects are executed. One of the programmes of the eight-part documentary series will be dedicated to the loading of the Antonov-124. The documentary series, entitled Mighty Planes, is likely to be broadcast at the beginning of 2012."

Meanwhile, Chapman Freeborn has announced the expansion of its business activities in Scandinavia with the appointment of Kim Borgaard (pictured below) as regional sales manager for Scandinavia, based primarily in Copenhagen with responsibility for the strategic development of the company's operations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, as well as neighbouring Finland.

Borgaard will further expand Chapman Freeborn's activity in markets including cargo chartering, passenger chartering, and on board courier services.

Stefan Kohlmann, a member of the Chapman Freeborn management team, said: "We are delighted that Kim is bringing his skills and experience to Chapman Freeborn. Scandinavia is of strategic importance to the European charter market and he adds to our existing strengths with his knowledge of the region."

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