U-Freight points to boom in AOG business

Simon Wong (far left), chief executive of U-Freight Group, and other associates

Hong Kong-based freight forwarder U-Freight has reported a significant increase in its shipments related to aircraft-on-ground (AOG) business, in large part thanks to its ongoing collaboration with SOAR, a US-headquartered provider of services for emergency AOG repairs, as well as of scheduled airframe repairs.
Among recent projects involving U-Freight has been the crating and shipping of full-size mobile aircraft hangars to various locations.
The hangars, used to protect an aircraft in situ whilst it is being repaired, are able to hold an airplane as large as a Boeing 747 to protect it from the elements.  They are moved in a disassembled state in up to six 40ft high cube containers.
The hangars have been used most recently for AOG work in Indonesia, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Portugal.
U-Freight has also been responsible for moving the tooling required for each of these projects from the US to different project locations, as well as returning them to the US for refurbishment.
“Operators know only too well that stationary aircraft on the apron prove conclusively that time really is money in the airline industry,” observed Simon Wong, chief executive of the U-Freight Group.
“Whether it is a critical AOG shipment that needs to move from Munich to Montreal, or from Brussels to Beijing, our network of offices and collection services means that we can offer cost effective, reliable logistics solutions to the aviation and aerospace industry.”
Wong added: “When SOAR is called upon by an airline to provide AOG repair services, it knows that it can call upon U-Freight to provide the logistics support to expedite delivery of the spares and equipment to the project site – whether that is a mobile repair hangar or an aircraft engine – via its worldwide network.”
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