Gebrüder Weiss charters largest cargo aircraft

By Niamh Marriott19 November 2021

Gebrüder Weiss delivered one of the world’s largest cargo planes to Rzeszów airport so that it could transport goods from China to Poland.

The six-engined Antonov AN-225 landed at the airport, 170 kilometres east of Krakow, on 13 November, carrying project-based cargo for Polish industry. The Antonov left the Chinese airport of Tianjin a day earlier.

Stanislaw Rosciszewski, country manager for Poland at Gebrüder Weiss said, “Although charter flights are a regular part of our air services, handling the transport of goods with a cargo aircraft of this size was something special for us.

“Our air freight managers in Poland and China were able to organise the entire supply chain between manufacturer and recipient in a very short space of time and under the difficult pandemic conditions.”

The oversized freighter is ideal for heavy transport, the company said.

“The situation in air and sea freight remains very tense, as there is still not enough cargo space. With the Antonov, we can quickly transport large-volume goods for our customers quickly,” said Lothar Thoma, managing director for air and sea at Gebrüder Weiss.

The logistics company had already used the freighter for a transport to Austria in October. In addition, a somewhat smaller Antonov An-124 was chartered several times in 2021 for flights to Europe.

Gebrüder Weiss has been represented in Poland with seven of its own locations since 2020. The office HQ is in Krakow, Poland, and 85 employees work to offer industrial and trade customers solutions in the areas of land transport, air and sea, project transport and logistics.

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