New Articles

Chapman Freeborn South Africa Flies 10 Cars to Malawi for the SADC Summit

Chapman Freeborn South Africa Flies 10 Cars to Malawi for the SADC Summit

In August, Chapman Freeborn South Africa transported vital cargo from Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) to Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) ahead of the 41st SADC Summit.

The SADC Summit is an important event during which the Southern African Development Community gather to discuss policy direction of the 16 member states. The cargo comprised of 10 vehicles which were urgently required to provide transportation during the Summit, and the operation required excellent cooperation and efficiency to ensure they arrived on time.

Chapman Freeborn Cargo Charter Manager Africa, Gerhard Coetzee, worked in conjunction with the client, Imperial Clearing and Forwarding South Africa Pty Ltd, to find a suitable solution in the shortest possible timeframe. He arranged for the vehicles to be transported on a Boeing 777-200F on a part-charter to Malawi, and the operation went to plan with the cargo arriving on schedule for the Summit.

Abhilash Kunjupilla, Operations Director at Imperial Clearing and Forwarding South Africa Pty Ltd, said “It was once again a pleasure working with the team at Chapman Freeborn, their ability to create innovative solutions at very short notice as well as still maintaining the level of service is impeccable.  My team and I are always able to rely on the consistent service from you.“.

The Chapman Freeborn Cargo Team has over 45 years of experience and work with clients all over the world to arrange delivery of their time-critical cargo. From automotive components to energy industry structures to life-saving humanitarian aid, Chapman Freeborn will ensure your shipments reach their destination on budget and on schedule.

Get in touch with the team today by emailing to discuss your requirements.


Chapman Freeborn Charter Over 20 Flights Carrying COVID-19 Test from China to Austria

Over the past few months, Chapman Freeborn has worked with their client in Austria, Gebrüder Weiss, to transport COVID-19 test kits on over 20 charter flights.

A variety of aircraft have been used for the different transports, but a journey last week saw 110,820kg of test kits (equal to 804 CBM) traveling on an AN225, the largest aircraft in the world.

The journey started at Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN) where the test kits were loaded, and then onto two stopovers at Almaty International Airport (ALA) in Kazakhstan and Istanbul Airport (IST) before reaching their final destination of Linz Airport (LNZ).



The Chapman Freeborn team utilized their close network within China to ensure the handling at TSN went to plan, working with the Austrian Embassy in China to ensure the test kits would arrive in Linz on time.

Tim Fernholz, Cargo Charter Broker at Chapman Freeborn Germany, explained, “Linz Airport is perfect for the AN225 as it has an extra-wide runway measuring 60m, due to its former usage as a military airport. This was just the second time that the AN225 has landed here – the last was 18 years ago”.

After their timely arrival in Linz, the test kits were distributed to pharmacies all across Austria by Gebrüder Weiss, who is the oldest transport and logistics company in the world.

Gebrüder Weiss said, “After initially working with Chapman Freeborn on this task and noticing how successful every charter was, we decided to work with them on an ongoing basis to distribute test kits across the country. They work with us closely, but also with all their contacts, meaning we can trust them to find solutions that ensure all our flights are just as successful as the last. There have been around 20 so far with more to come – this week more kits were transported on a B747F. We would not hesitate to recommend Chapman Freeborn.”