UTP Charter

Cargolux recently transported an impressive charter shipment from Thailand to the USA for a Freeport LNG (liquid Natural Gas) terminal. The project was handled in close collaboration with our partner Deugro for seamless, swift execution. 

The complex shipment involved the handling and transport of outsized piping units which required bespoke handling and transport conditions. The scope of the project called for careful planning and given the dimensions of the units; multiple flights were required. Part of the transport was completed aboard Antonov aircraft while Cargolux took up the challenge of flying the other part.

In order to guarantee the best transport conditions, the Charter department worked tirelessly with Ground Engineering and their dedicated SCAF (Special Cargo Analyzing Function) to ensure feasibility and determine the exact requirements for the flight. Once the project was deemed doable for the team, the issue of airport capability was raised.

Indeed, after approaching the airport in Bangkok, it transpired that authorities were reluctant given the complexity and space required on the tarmac. After the Antonov flights got cleared to depart from Pattaya (UTP), the airport appeared as an alternative solution and a Cargolux team was sent on site to discuss options. Once the necessary equipment was secured at the airport the project received the green light.

Cargolux operated a total of 4 charter flights from Pattaya, Thailand (UTP) to Houston, Texas (IAH) for this project. A total of 2 Loadmasters, an Engineer, a Charter Manager and several Cargolux colleagues from Bangkok were required on site for the first two flights to ensure the operation ran smoothly. The project was successfully completed, and the equipment was safely flown on board Cargolux to its destination.

We are proud to have been part of such an incredible undertaking and we want to thank the smooth collaboration with everyone involved. This shipment truly highlights our motto; You name it, We fly it! We look forward to many more successful charters.”