Historic Milestones As Senai Cargo Centre Lands The World's 2nd Largest Freighter, The Antanov 124-100 And The Sc-5 Shorts Belfast Turbo-Prop Freighter26 Oct 2005
SENAI, JOHOR, October 26:
Fresh from handling the UN-chartered Antanov 124-100 which landed at Senai Cargo Centre on October 14, the cargo facility offered by Senai International Airport witnessed yet another significant event with the landing of the SC-5 Shorts Belfast Turbo-prop Freighter on Monday, October 24.
The SC-5 aircraft, which is one of the biggest turbo-props built with a capacity of 36.3 tons, is the only remaining SC-5 Shorts Belfast in the world from the original ten that was commissioned for operations. It landed in Senai on Monday at 9.30 am local time from Cairns, Australia and was bound for Timika, Indonesia. This is the first time that the freighter, which is known for its capability to carry heavy and awkward-sized cargo, has landed on Malaysian soil.
The SC-5 Shorts Belfast freighter made a stopover at Senai to pick up mining equipment. The flight captain expressed his admiration at the level of service given by Senai and commented, "During this operation, Senai displayed first-class ground handling service with a highly-trained staff to handle heavy and odd-sized cargo. Besides the spacious area at Senai Cargo Centre which can accommodate large aircrafts effortlessly, the efficiency and turnaround speed of the service, in addition to the equipment and facilities provided by the airport facilitated such a smooth process for us. He further added, 'I would also like to add that the Ground Handling team attended to our various needs very expediently, which is a big plus, compared to many other airports."The UN-chartered Antanov 124-100, the second largest aircraft in the world with a capacity of 110 tons landed in Senai just recently to airlift rescue operations equipment for Pakistan as part of a worldwide relief mission undertaken by the UN following the major earthquake catastrophe which hit the Indian sub-continent, with Islamabad reported to be the worst-hit city. The aircraft which flew in from Yemen was carrying eight UN crews and bound for Islamabad.
The stopover facilitated by Senai Cargo Centre was to pick up two M18 helicopters belonging to Baltic Pacific, two Toyota Hilux, one Wagon and spare part equipment which will be used in the Pakistan relief project. Flight Manager, Zamil Khasanov commented, 'Flexibility, attention to detail and commitment are key factors contributing to this operation's success here at Senai. We are very pleased with the service and equipment provided by the personnel at Senai Cargo Centre. In spite of our aircraft being the world's second largest freighter aircraft, we can see why this cargo terminal easily accommodated our 124-100. I understand it is able to handle two full B747 freighters and three narrow body freighters at any one time. We are also very comfortable with Senai's highly-trained staff who serviced the aircraft during its landing at Senai Cargo Centre. The team should be commended for their dedication and energy".
The entire operation saw equipment such as crane, forklift and 40-footer Hi-cube being used to facilitate the cargo movement, especially to load the hydraulic crane and Hiluxs into the aircraft.
According to the airport's General Manager, Kennedy Ayu, "we are indeed grateful for being entrusted this confidence to handle UN-sanctioned operations, especially more so when it deals with major relief efforts undertaken for a very noteworthy cause such as this recent Pakistan earthquake disaster. We are ready and confident to assist for any such future initiatives."