Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Air Libya have formed an exclusive partnership for the operation of a freighter aircraft in Libya.
High demand is anticipated for the Antonov An-26, which will be based at Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport (MJI) on a long-term lease agreement with immediate effect. The airplane will be available for ad hoc cargo charter requirements within Libya as well as international flights to and from the European Union and North Africa.
Scheduled services are planned to connect Tripoli and Benghazi, where Air Libya is based, with the country’s more remote airfields, including regular operations to the oil fields in the south of the country.
Chapman Freeborn said the venture will provide much-needed logistics solutions in a country where few international aviation companies are currently willing to invest in establishing services. It will also provide an alternative to waterborne transportation between the North African nation and Europe, a trade that has experienced high rates.
“We're delighted to be working in partnership with Air Libya to develop air cargo solutions in the region,” said Paul Drew, Chapman Freeborn’s project manager, in a written statement. “Freight forwarders and energy industry clients will benefit from this cooperation which offers professional, reliable services between the country’s key hubs and more remote locations.”
The An-26, which has a cargo capacity of 5.5 tons, is a versatile aircraft able to use short and unpaved runways. It has a rear door for loading and unloading cargo.