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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JAN-FEB, 2019 • Page 11 Out-of-gauge shipment reboxed, but arrives OK AN OUT-of-gauge (OOG) ship- ment has been successfully transported by Germany’s Blue Freight Service with its counter- part members in Belgium, and Express Air Freight in Houston, USA. The tailor-made shelter was for a production line, and had dimensions 498x251x295 cm plus 178x121x123 cm and total weight of 4120 Kg. The customer had packed the shelter into a crate that didn’t fit any of the available scheduled freight-carrying aircraft and part chartering was out of the cus- tomer’s budget. Blue Freight proposed a cost-effective solution that included re-packaging the cargo in crates that could be loaded into a B747-8 freighter. The cargo, valued at EUR900,000, was insured and the crates flew on a direct flight LUX-IAH. Cobelair in Belgium handled the collection of the crates via flatbed trailer, took charge of the security checks and deliv- ered them to an airline at Lux- embourg International Airport (LUX). At Houston International Airport (IAH), the Express Air Freight team arranged and super- vised the unloading operations and delivered the crates to a free trade zone in Geismar, LA. Delivery was arranged in-bond. They had only six days to com- plete the whole project to meet the customer’s requirements. VD Gulf okayed to handle B777s VD Gulf, the Volga-Dnepr Group’s Technics subgroup company, has re- ceived approval for the B777 aircraft type. Located in Sharjah, UAE, the compa- ny will now be able to provide B777 maintenance, repair and overhaul services for its customers. With this approval, VD Gulf has ex- tended its base and line maintenance capability from B747-400, B737 CL/ NG, and Airbus A320 series to B777- 200/300s. The company says it will guarantee MRO services of high quality to airline operators, leasing companies and aircraft owners. The B777 has been in operation for more than 20 years and is the backbone of many leading airlines’ fleets for both passenger and cargo operations. It is expected that more than 400 of them will be delivered up to 2030, including a large number ordered by airlines in the Middle East.