Scanlog was commissioned with an 80 tonne mission — to charter the world’s second largest aircraft.

May 19th 2021

Scanlog was commissioned to quickly transport 80 tonnes of sensitive machinery from Shanghai to Luleå on to Skellefteå. The solution was to use the world’s second largest aircraft, cross-border cooperation and a straightforward and open dialogue between all parties.

At the beginning of April, Scanlog received a request from a customer to ship goods consisting of a production line for battery cell manufacture. It needed to be put in place rather quickly so that the build-up of production would not be delayed.

– This delivery was already delayed since a while back, and in order for the entire operation not to halt, the cargo needed to arrive at the factory as quickly as possible – without damage to the sensitive equipment, says Mathias Wideroth, Chairman and Founder of Scanlog .

“There were incredibly small margins”

Due to the size of the cargo, there was only one type of aircraft that could do the job: Antonov 124. The world’s second largest cargo aircraft with a span of 73 meters, four jet engines and a weight of 175 tonnes. But despite its enormous size, it was a very close call making everything fit.

– It was definitely a challenge to fit everything as it was absolutely necessary that all parts of the production line be shipped at the same time. We encountered a patrol and feared that it would not be possible to load the plane as we had intended. But, thanks to a solution-oriented team and an open and straightforward dialogue between all parties; the customer, our partners and the airline, we solved it. But there were incredibly small margins — you wouldn’t have been able to fit an extra sheet of paper on board.

It took about two days from the start of the transport from Wuxi, south of Shanghai, until Scanlog was able to deliver the goods to the customer’s factory in Skellefteå, Sweden. Though, the strategic planning actually went on for weeks prior.

– We are talking about advanced robotic machinery here that are very sensitive to both moisture and shock. It is with extreme care how you stow and secure the load so that it can withstand all the forces it is subjected to, especially during take-off and landing. Through meticulous planning and close cooperation between all parties involved, we managed to package the cargo efficiently and safely, delivering on time with impeccable sustained quality. We give credit to the success of this mission to a strong partnership and open communication — something we always strive for.

Carbon offset air freight

Chartering the world’s second largest aircraft from Shanghai to Luleå is a unique occurrence as the last time it landed at Luleå Airport was ten years ago. Though it generates large emissions of greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide, it is compensated by Scanlog through its Always Carbon Offset Airfreight program.

– Air freight is the least sustainable mode of transport. But, fast and efficient air cargo is still of great importance for our customers. In this case, the flight was absolutely necessary – without fast transport, our customer’s business would have stopped waiting for the right equipment. With that said, we as a leading logistics company have a great responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of transport. Therefore, we carbon offset all air freight by investing in projects for, for example, renewable energy production, energy efficiency and in projects that conserve forests.