SAEPA Newsletter June 20159 June 2015
Cargo Chat Edition 812 September 2015
Clients told us their prime concern over the
peak period for express cargo was capacity
We responded by temporarily introducing an Antonov AN32
to assist with moving the vast volumes of overnight express
cargo being tendered for the freighter fleet.
This temporary stablemate joins the three BidAir Cargoleased
Boeing 737F freighters to provide additional overnight
domestic capacity to cope with the volumes of cargo
being carried during the busiest peak period. The Russian
workhorse is lifting an additional five to seven tonnes every
night (depending on volumetric or weight cargo) on the
Johannesburg - Durban – Johannesburg route.
“We’ve also taken on extra handling staff and the extra
aircraft to sustain the service levels our clients demand,” says
Karl Davids, Chief Operations Officer.
Volumes are not the only challenge. The inordinately high
temperatures in Gauteng affect aviation. The high altitude and
hotter weather means lower air density which limits payload
at take-off from O R Tambo International Airport “In some
cases, we loaded cargo breakbulk aboard the aircraft to
save the weight of the containers and accommodate more
consignments for clients and their customers.” To ensure
cargo care, staff travel aboard the freighters as an additional
security measure in flight.