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Press release from: MAXIMUS AIR CARGO

Maximus' Antonov An124-100

Maximus' Antonov An124-100

Abu Dhabi, 25 May 2008 - Maximus Air Cargo, the Abu-Dhabi headquartered specialist ‘heavy-lifter’ of the airfreight world, more than tripled its turnover during the first four months of this year compared to 2007.

At the same time, aircraft hours sold increased 6.3 times from 471 to 3,062.

“We now have a bigger fleet, but the growth is also due to securing a much larger share of the market,” says Maximus president and chief executive Fathi Hilal Buhazza.

Turnover for January-April 2008 was AED 122.77 million, compared to AED 37.80 million for the same period last year.

Maximus now has a fleet of eight all-cargo Antonov An-124-100, Airbus A300-600RF, Ilyushin IL-76TD, and Lockheed Hercules L382G aircraft operating across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

With its Airbus freighters, Maximus operates regular scheduled cargo services on behalf of airlines including Etihad, Iberia, Air France, and Sudan Airways. So far this year, the company has also secured additional short and medium term aircraft wetlease contracts.

Maximus has been appointed as the exclusive air relief support partner for the UAE Red Crescent, and is one of the few international carriers able to bring supplies to cyclone-ravaged Burma. It is also carrying relief aid to China following the devastating earthquake there.

Earlier this year, the carrier moved 800 tons of supplies for a European defence force which is creating a new base in Chad. The cargo was initially shipped by sea to Douala in Cameroon before being air-freighted from there to N’Djamena on 10 flights with Maximus’ Antonov 124 aircraft.

Maximus Air Cargo, the largest freighter-only air operator in the Middle East specialises in moving outsized air cargo and wet leasing its own aircraft with a staff of more than 130.

Its two Lockheed Hercules L382Gs have been specially-upgraded to carry all kinds of super-heavy cargo. It is the only aircraft that can transport oversized and heavy cargo, drop goods from the air, and land on airstrips/ ground of any kind, giving Maximus the advantage of being able to deliver to any location on this planet.

The carrier is focusing on superior customer care when managing air transport requirements and logistics solutions for its clients that include royalty, governments, multinational companies, humanitarian and relief organisations.

Maximus’ philosophy is rooted in offering its customers responsive, practical, and cost effective solutions which combine a personal approach with innovative customer service.

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 4910

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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