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AN-225 makes first flight to EuroAirport

Chapman Freeborn and Air Cargo International have completed an Antonov AN-225 charter to transport five giant compressors, totaling 140 tonnes, from South Korea to France.

The flight, which left from Incheon International Airport, represents the first time the world's largest aircraft has been used for an operation to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

Chapman Freeborn's Paris office chartered the AN-225 freighter from Antonov Airlines and worked with Air Cargo International to coordinate the heavy lift project.

With the assistance of colleagues from Germany, Chapman Freeborn's French team provided full airport representation for the chartet, including overseeing the successful offload of the 30-tonne pieces using a crane.

"We're delighted to have worked together with ACI to successfully deliver this outsize cargo movement, on time and within budget,” Giorgio Monti, Chapman Freeborn cargo charter manager, said. "We're also proud to be the first company to bring the AN-225 freighter to Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and we would like to extend our thanks to the airport for helping to make this cargo charter operation a success."

Chapman Freeborn has worked with the AN-225 freighter on several projects in the past, including its first ever commercial flight to South America in 2010.