Earlier this year, NTEX received a request to transport a helicopter that was in need of service from Gotland to Chicago, USA. Due to the pandemic, the mission was paused. After the summer and careful planning, dismantling and custom packaging, the helicopter was finally transported by special transport from Visby to Arlanda and on to Chicago with a chartered plane.
Through an agent in NTEX network for project cargo, they early this spring received a request about the possibility of transporting a helicopter. The helicopter was to be transported from Visby on Gotland and on to Chicago, USA for service. In the beginning, the idea was that the shipping would take place via boat transport.
– We submitted a partnership proposal but shortly afterwards, covid-19 broke out. We heard nothing more about this and did not think the project would be realized, says Jerry Nilsson, Agency Relations Manager at NTEX.
In July, the contact was however resumed, and the collaboration was set in motion. By a pure coincidence, Jerry was already on Gotland where the helicopter was to be transported from.
– I happened to be on holiday on Gotland, so when the case was picked up again, I took the opportunity to go out to the hangar where the helicopter was. By doing so, I acquired more information about the cargo, which was valuable for planning and carrying out the transport, says Jerry.
Both parties agreed that the helicopter would instead be transported by air, mainly because
it would go faster. The helicopter was dismantled and afterwards, parts were packed in large boxes. The packaging was then transported by means of special transport, a so-called low bed trailer to Arlanda, where a chartered plane was waiting.
– At Arlanda, we were responsible for the handling, building of Unit load devices, loading it into the aircraft, as well as dangerous goods handling and documentation. The boxes were too large to go through the security scanner. Instead, dog patrols were called in for a security check. After this, the packaging was loaded on the plane and it all placed like a hand in the glove, with only a few centimetres margins, says Jerry.
On the night of August 10, the aircraft took off from Arlanda towards Chicago. When the helicopter is to be transported back to Sweden, NTEX will also take care of this.