ACS Blazes Trail To Iraq.

English freight specialist Air Charter Service, or ACS, has transported three fire trucks from Turkey to Iraq.

The trucks were delivered to the Iraqi government as part of ongoing reconstruction efforts in the war-torn country. ACS advised on the loading process and helped the client design customized ramps to load the trucks onto two Ilyushin Il-76 multipurpose four-engine turbofan strategic airlift planes.

“We worked extremely closely with our customer and the operator over the course of more than a month, to design the ramps. The trucks are huge and weighed over 20 tons each. They originally came from the U.S. and were then flown from Turkey into Iraq. The ramp was dismantled and flew with the aircraft in order to offload the trucks at the other end,” said Justin Lancaster, ACS commercial director.

By using Il-76 aircraft ACS estimated that it saved the client about US$200,000 compared with using the original choice of the Antonov An-124 Ruslan strategic airlift jet.

“We always try to think outside the box and are extremely pleased that we were able to save the customer so much money,” Lancaster added.

ACS employs about 300 staff worldwide and operates a network of offices spanning North America, South America, Europe, Africa, CIS, Middle East and Asia. The firm arranged almost 9,000 charters last year.



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