Intradco Global, in collaboration with GTA GSM, charted the Antonov AN-225 freighter aircraft to transport nearly 1,000 cu m of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The aircraft departed Tianjin Binhai International Airport in China and delivered the cargo to Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada, with fuel stops at Chubu Centrair International Airport, Japan and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, USA.

Intradco Global, a Chapman Freeborn company, typically specialises in animal transport. While the world has reacted to Covid-19, many animal movements have been postponed, said Intradco. Instead of waiting for the market to pick back up, the company has been utilising its global charter aviation expertise and network to facilitate medical charters to help with the Covid-19 response.

Charlie McMullen, Intradco Global director, explained: “Difficult times call for adaptability, and I am proud of the Intradco Global team for adjusting our usual offering to assist in the PPE supply chain efforts. As live animal movements became very restricted, we switched our resources to seeking out new air charter capacity while there was a surge in demand for PPE. I am glad our efforts played a small part in the global effort, and allowed our clients to import quickly, and at more cost-effective solutions than we saw the market was offering.”

He added: “Chartering the magnificent AN-225 is a rare occurrence for even the most seasoned of airfreight professionals, so the whole team enjoyed seeing this bird flying for Intradco Global”.

Later this year, Intradco Global is set to announce a newly formed wing of its organisation – Intradco Projects. The division will focus on unique missions, much like this project, utilising its worldwide charter network and expertise to offer specialised services for niche air cargo products.