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Chapman Freeborn and DAT provide fast, efficient passenger shuttle to Pointe Noire

Transporting heavy and outsize equipment to drilling sites can be demanding, but when there are more challenging destinations involved it is also the flights for the workers which require extra attention.

Over the past three months Chapman Freeborn Airchartering - working in partnership with Danish Air Transport - has coordinated a weekly shuttle from Europe to Pointe Noire on a long range MD87.

Passengers took scheduled services to a Northern European hub, where they boarded the specially arranged Danish Air Transport MD87 service. Flights departed for Pointe Noire at 1000 local time, with a eight hour journey time including a short 35-minute refuelling stop in Djanet, Algeria.

The passengers arrived in Pointe Noire refreshed and ready for work, where the aircraft then waited for 24 hours to allow the workers to change over onsite - helping to ensure production was not stopped. The workers due to go on leave then boarded the aircraft the following evening and travelled back over night, arriving in Europe first thing the next morning.

Chris Buckley, International Project Manager at Danish Air Transport, said:

“We’re delighted to have successfully completed this shuttle programme to Pointe Noire in partnership with Chapman Freeborn.

“With the unstable global economy and uncertainty in regulation of aviation safety standards worldwide, companies need the assurance that the airlines their staff and contractors are travelling with are providing a reliable, safe and experienced partner when operating in remote areas.”

Bart Lorijnen, Project Manager at Chapman Freeborn, added:

“Services for energy and mining related industries are an increasingly important part of Chapman Freeborn’s business. Our global coverage means that whether a client is looking to move a 100-ton piece of equipment to Sao Paulo or a team of 100 workers to the Republic of Congo, we can provide a tailored charter solution with the help of airlines like Danish Air Transport.”

About Danish Air Transport

Danish Air Transport (DAT) are a passenger and cargo airline operating a strong network of schedule services in Scandinavia, they also specialise in setting up shuttles in remote areas worldwide for example, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Bhutan and Yemen.

They have recently added a new all premium class configuration for their MD87 - allowing 72 passengers added comfort on longer flights.

About Chapman Freeborn Airchartering

Chapman Freeborn is the world’s leading aircraft charter specialist with a network of over 30 offices worldwide - including strategic hubs in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The company coordinates over 6000 charters a year - ranging from private jet aircraft and helicopters for executive travel, to large aircraft charter solutions for group travel and crew rotations worldwide.

In addition to passenger operations, Chapman Freeborn offers cargo charter and On Board Courier (OBC) services for time-critical freight, heavy and outsize pieces and project cargo. The company has been voted Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the World Air Cargo Awards for the last five consecutive years.

16th October 2011