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SPEED BONNIE BOAT, LIKE A BIRD ON THE WING…

1 August 2007

The opening line of the traditional Sky Boat Song was never meant as a prophecy.

But earlier this month it became literally true when a fast ferry called the Spirit of Skye was flown from Scotland to Kazakhstan. The vessel was bought by a mining firm with an urgent need for a vessel to carry a VIP on a tour of its sites in September.

The 16.5 tonne boat, which can carry 36 passengers, was flown on board an Antonov-22 flight which ACS expertly brokered with absolute precision.

The mining firm launched a worldwide search for the perfect vessel and the Spirit of Skye which had been up for sale for a while was the only craft that fitted their very precise specifications. The journey as the crow flies from Scotland to Kazakhstan is 2,400 miles and the time scale, nor the height of the bridges through Europe, would have allowed this cargo to be moved by sea.
Nick Harris, Cargo Charter Analyst, ACS said:

“The Antonov-22 with its 50 tonne payload capacity was the perfect choice for this flight; the aircraft is the largest propeller-driven aircraft in the world, we are very familiar with the aircraft but the complex shape of the vessel meant that it took nearly five hours to load. We had a tight deadline and the flight was a complete success.”

Contact: Nick Harris / Paul Hoatson, Cargo Charter Analysts at london@aircharter.co.uk
As appeared in the Scotsman

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