November 30 - During the last quarter of 2009, Chapman Freeborn's worldwide offices have been involved in a series of headline activities, including humanitarian activity, a business expansion into Africa and a series of high profile heavy lift movements.
The global air charter company was heavily involved in the effort to transport rescue teams and emergency aid supplies to the thousands affected by the earthquake and typhoons in South East Asia and a tsunami in the South Pacific. The company's Singapore office supervised the movement of hundreds of tonnes of relief cargo to Sumatra, the Philippines and Samoa on behalf of international aid agencies.
In addition to flights to Indonesia and the Philippines, it also oversaw further charters in response to the tsunami that struck Samoa and Tonga. Humanitarian cargo was transported on Hercules aircraft to Faleolo Airport (APW), Samoa in support of aid missions.
During the quarter, Chapman Freeborn also expanded its global charter coverage into South Africa. This expansion boosts the company's coverage in Africa's cargo charter market, where the client roster already includes major freight forwarders and international aid agencies. Other busy sectors include mining, energy, telecommunications and manufacturing.
Johannesburg is a major cargo centre and can accommodate wide body freighters from North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Project cargo activity in the quarter saw Chapman Freeborn involved in the air transportation of 30 portable housing units from Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of relief projects in the Yakatoot area, east of the capital, while the UK office chartered an AN-124 to transport a 47 tonne brush transformer from East Midlands airport to Damman, Saudi Arabia for an oil project in the region.