Challenge Group bags another nose door freighter

When it comes to Big and Heavy, the B747F is your bird. Image: Challenge Group

Challenge Group deals with all the tricky cargo that falls out of the norm when it comes to handling and loading – oftentimes very large and unusual pieces: cargo that is best loaded through the front of the aircraft. It comes as no surprise then, to learn that the group recently acquired another Boeing 747-400F. Its latest fleet addition will be deployed on key routes Europe and the Far East, offering its usual uplift capacity of 120 tons. Yet, in an aviation world that increasingly against 4-engine aircraft and where there are very few alternatives when it comes to front-loading, it is the freighter’s nose-door that is the true USP. The group’s focus is on complex verticals and “providing top-tier services to clients globally,” as the release states. This strategic purchase runs alongside Challenge Group’s fleet diversification into B767-300BDSF aircraft. The first was delivered in AUG23, another two are currently being converted, and its full fleet of four B767 converted freighters should be fully operational by the third quarter of this year.

Or Zak, Chief Commercial Officer of Challenge Group, underlined: “The new 747-400F is a testament to Challenge Group’s commitment to staying ahead of the curve despite industry discussions about overcapacity. It is an ideal choice for transporting commodities such as heavy & oversize, horses, pharma, aircraft engines, dangerous goods, cars and other complex verticals and will enhance our capacity and flexibility, allowing us to tap into new markets as well.”

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