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06-02-2008 01:18 PM CET | Logistics & Transport

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loading of the UAE Red Cresecent relief supplies Maximus A300-600RF in Abu Dhabi bound for Chengu, PRC

loading of the UAE Red Cresecent relief supplies Maximus A300-600RF in Abu Dhabi bound for Chengu, PRC

Abu Dhabi, 26 May 2008 - Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air Cargo is at the forefront of delivering relief supplies to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar.

The carrier is the second to be granted landing rights by the Myanmar government and has so far delivered more than 90 tons in two flights on behalf of the UAE Red Crescent Association, arriving within three days of the disaster being declared following Nargis.

“Traffic rights were difficult to obtain for these flights at the last minute, but Maximus's professional team of operations experts used their contacts to ensure that the flights operated without delay,” says the company’s president and CEO, Fathi Hilal Buhazza.

Maximus has also delivered relief supplies to Sichuan province in China which has been devastated by an earthquake. Two more flights for the UAE Red Crescent from Abu Dhabi to Chengu are leaving this week, airlifting more than 70 tons of blankets and tents.

Four flights on behalf of the UN World Food Program, Medecins du Monde, and the UK Department for International Development carried more than 180 tons of medicine, food, tents, shelters, plastic sheeting, and tarpaulins to Yangon on board Ilyushin 76 and Airbus A300 cargo planes.
These flights to Yangon, Myanmar were dispatched from Brindisi in Italy, Bordeaux in France, and from Maximus's base in Abu Dhabi after the carrier activated its disaster relief plan.

“Our rapid response was gratefully received by all the aid agencies involved,” says Buhazza.

Maximus is the exclusive partner for the UAE Red Crescent in providing
all relief air transport services requirements, both regionally and internationally.

The cooperation ensures efficient, cost effective and high impact air transportation relief, thus improving the welfare services provided to people in need across the world.

“We are committed to provide the UAE’s Red Crescent with the most efficient service by using our strong expertise in the industry,” said Buhazza.

“With the consensus of not earning any profit, we guarantee that the Red Crescent will benefit from the most cost-effective air transportation available in the market.

“As a business, we are proud to offer our unprecedented support to such a reputable and dedicated organisation and we will continue to contribute our services for such causes.”

The UAE Red Crescent selected Maximus Air Cargo as its official partner because of the capabilities of the carrier’s fleet which includes two specially-upgraded Lockheed Hercules L382Gs. These aircraft are currently operating relief supply flights for the UAE Red Crescent from Abu Dhabi to Juba in Sudan.

With more than 2,000km normal range with full payload, the Hercules is renowned for its ability to carry up to twenty tons of humanitarian cargo such as food, water, and medical supplies to and from short runways, even without minimal ground support equipment. The L382G’s capability of aerial dropping dramatically shortens the lead-time needed for the deployment of relief goods, therefore contributing to saving lives more effectively.

Maximus is the largest freighter-only air operator in the Middle East, with a staff of more than 130 and a fleet of eight all-cargo Antonov AN-124-100, Airbus A300-600RF, Ilyushin IL-76TD, and Lockheed Hercules L382G aircraft.

For further information please contact:

Thomas Bommer
Manager Marketing
Phone: +971 2 447 4900 ext. 306
Mobile: +971 50 505 9193

maximus AIR CARGO
P.O. Box 35367
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Fax: +971 2 447 4092

maximus air cargo, the new frontier in air cargo, is the largest freighter only operator in the Middle East. Services offered include full cargo charters and ACMI aircraft lease.

Its dedicated 130 multinational workforce is part of the air cargo industry’s finest in providing practical and cost effective solutions for aircraft lease and moving outsized cargo.

The Abu Dhabi based all cargo aircraft carrier owns & operates a fleet of 8 all cargo Antonov AN-124-100, Airbus A300-600RF, Ilyushin IL-76TD and Lockheed Hercules L382G aircraft.

maximus air cargo‘s brand stands for pragmatic and particularly efficient 1st class service to governments, multinationals and relief organisations.

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