Leading air charter broker, Air Partner, has teamed up with Ruslan International – the joint venture company which manages and markets the 17-strong fleet of giant Antonov An-124 aircraft - to move an entire portable hospital on behalf of a Middle Eastern ruling family.
The demountable, modular clinic comprised 10 individual units – a reception hall, radiology room, operating theatre, dentistry unit, intensive care unit, pharmacy and medical store, and twin generators. All units were based around ISO 20ft containers for ease of transport and assembly on site.
The portable health centre, weighing a total of 44 tonnes, was flown on a single AN-124 flight from its manufacturer in Turkey to Tangier’s IBN Batouta Airport, en route to its final destination.
Air Partner’s Regional Freight Manager for Turkey, Emir Ozdabak, commented: “We chose the AN-124 because it could carry all 10 units on a single flight, and because its on-board crane system meant loading and unloading could be performed directly to and from road vehicles, without the need for any handling equipment. We have a huge amount of experience in dealing with outsize cargo, and we were pleased to be able to work with Ruslan International to find an innovative solution to meet our client’s needs.”