AOG in Algiers
Be it Easter or Ramadan: when a jet engine fails, there is no day of rest – an aircraft on ground (AOG) situation report is too expensive for an airline. The airfreight charter company Air Partner reports on one such special assignment.
In the afternoon of 24 December last year, Air Partner’s freight team faced the challenge of an aircraft on ground (AOG) situation at Houari Boumédiène airport (ALG) in Algiers – a wide-bodied aircraft was stuck after one of its jets had failed. The French forwarder that was meant to deliver the replacement contacted the international charter firm Air Partner.
Despite the public holidays that were about to begin, Air Partner found a speedy and cost-efficient solution for the transport of the equipment, weighing 5 t, and organised the flight rights as well as a extraordinary insurance cover for the special freight, which was estimated to be worth close to EUR 12 million.
The around 200 km to Paris Vatry airport (XCR), approximately 150 km east of the French capital, were completed by truck. A chartered An-12 was already waiting there. Immediately after arrival, the jet was loaded onto the four-engined aircraft and thence travelled onwards to Algeria, where it arrived less than 24 hours after it had been requested by the customer.
“The key factor is the response time and ascertaining the most economical solution for each specific problem,” said Mike Hill, group freight director at Air Partner, explaining the important abilities for cargo charter firms.
Scheduled and total volume
According to the most recent figures (for 2015) published by the African Airlines Association (Afraa), Algiers airport is the No. 1 gateway in the Maghreb in terms of air cargo volumes, with its throughput amounting to approximately 50,000 t annually. It ranks tenth when considering the entire continent. Afraa member Air Algérie transported 15,357 t of airfreight in 2015 – not very much less than Royal Air Maroc (20,146 t), and more than Tunisair (6,084 t).