Jumbo jet carrying bulk cargo from Germany lands in Bintulu


MABkargo chief operation officer Mohd Zulkefly Ujang (right) and the other officers hold the banner to mark the occasion.

KUCHING: MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd successfully delivered almost 72 tonnes of bulk cargo on a charter flight originating from Leipzig, Germany to Bintulu on Thursday night.

The flight 7L9203 touched down at Bintulu Airport at 7.30pm on Thursday after a quick transit in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In a statement issued yesterday, MAB Kargo said its team conducted a detailed planning process to prepare the bulky cargo for loading into and unloading from the B747-400F aircraft.

To support the jumbo jet’s operations in Bintulu Airport, it said ground support equipment were specially brought in from Kuching and Miri airports.

MAB Kargo sales and marketing general manager Amiroel Shazrie Yussof said the oil and gas industry’ s charters have always been very challenging.

“More often than not, it presents logistical intricacies. In this case, we had to prepare a small airport to receive a big aircraft. With the support of a great ground handling team and local airport authorities, we made it happen,” he said in the statement.

He explained charter flights are ideal for the oil and gas industry as they allow MAB Kargo’s customers to work on their own schedule utilising the most convenient airports.

Over the years, he said MAB Kargo has gained immense experience from coordinating and successfully delivering oil and gas equipment to a number of destinations worldwide.

“We have also handled many types of charters – oil & gas, Grand Prix, concert equipment and livestock movements being the major ones. Our experience in handling charters created a niche strength for us and has secured the trust of our customers. Today, charter flights are a key revenue generator for MAB Kargo,” he said.