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GEODIS completes oversized shipment in Colombia with Antonov AN-124 aircraft

GEODIS Completes Complex, Oversized Break Bulk Shipment in Colombia with Antonov AN-124 Aircraft

GEODIS today announced it completed a complex air cargo transport featuring oversized thermocompressors via Antonov AN-124, the world’s largest cargo aircraft.

Arriving from Lisbon, the aircraft undertook 13 flights over seven days, transporting urgently needed oversized freight in Colombia on behalf of a leading client.

The just-in-time logistics operation entailed transporting 249 pieces of oversized, overweight cargo totaling 776 tons and 4,455 cubic meters to the southeast part of Colombia.

GEODIS originally planned to mobilize the cargo in Cartagena and transport it to the end destination via the La Orquídea Bridge in Boyacá, the only road transport option for freight of this size and weight along the route.

However, when the bridge collapsed in August 2023, GEODIS had to quickly develop and execute an alternative solution to transport the cargo via air to complete the urgent project on time.

Carlos Palacios, Manager Director of GEODIS in Colombia said: “With 13 total flights, including a long international journey and 12 domestic trips, this unprecedented operation faced consistent challenges to overcome.

“Despite the complexities, our team at GEODIS and our collaborators, including Antonov, the Colombian Air Force and the individual airports involved, were able to successfully come together to keep essential materials moving across the country at a critical time for our client’s operations.”

Given the scope of the operation both at origin and destination, the cargo was prepared in Cartagena and transported by land to Barranquilla before being transported on the Antonov AN-124.

Palacios said: “Given the constant changes, urgency of timeline and sensitive nature of the cargo, this project marks one of the biggest accomplishments for our GEODIS in Colombia team.

“Together with our collaborators, we proved that with flexibility and world-class talent we can overcome extreme challenges and execute exceptional air operations on behalf of our clients.”