Cargo Handling

Air Partner Completes Time-Critical Cargo Charter of Ship Spares to St. Croix

Air Partner, a Wheels Up company and world-leading international aviation services, announces the successful time-critical delivery of ship spares from West Palm Beach, U.S., to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, by its dedicated Cargo team at the group’s U.S. headquarter offices in Fort Lauderdale.

The Air Partner Cargo team rapidly responded to a charter request to carry 13 tons (12,940 kgs) of ship parts to St. Croix, proposing an efficient and direct air charter solution that met the tight delivery schedule while accommodating a significant cargo size and complying with airport requirements.

“Reliably moving cargo of all sizes around the globe is the standard for Air Partner, so in a time-critical situation like this, we can efficiently present and execute a solution that accounts for detailed planning, expert logistics, and seamless cooperation through our global network,” said Pierre Van Der Stichele, Vice President of Air Partner’s Global Cargo division.

“Having a complete end-to-end solution supported by a dedicated team provides a sense of assurance that delivery will be met when it matters most.”

The Cargo team recommended the L100-30 Hercules as the optimal aircraft for transporting the cargo to its destination.

As this rear-loading plane is capable of being offloaded with a forklift, it made the ideal choice for the cargo transportation needs at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) since the airport was not presently equipped with a cargo high loader for oversized freight aircraft deliveries.

“When operations get disrupted, it impacts business and consumers, so it’s essential for cruise operators to take action quickly to avoid negatively impacting hundreds or even thousands of passengers and crew,” said Andrew Holmes, Vice President of Air Partner’s U.S. Cargo team.

“Given our extensive experience, we were able to offer a cargo aircraft charter solution that provided the quickest and most reliable method to transport the parts on time, helping to solve a critical issue during the peak season.”