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DB Schenker Successfully Dismantles and Moves Airplane from Brazil to Miami on Short Notice

Working with Antonov Airlines, DB Schenker Americas steps in for a customer in crisis and gets its aircraft moved from Brazil to Miami in under a week.

DB Schenker Americas shipped a complete private jet for a global aerospace conglomerate from Brazil to Miami within one week’s time. After experiencing a delay with its original plan to ship the jet via ocean freight, the aerospace company called DB Schenker on a Monday morning for help. Within five days, the jet was dismantled, packed into six separate crates, and sent to Miami via Antonov Airlines.

DB Schenker delivered the plane within the customer’s one-week deadline. Within that short timeframe, the global logistics provider issued a quote, was awarded the project, secured the Antonov aircraft, packed the airplane for shipping, and moved it via air to Miami. DB Schenker also secured all of the necessary permits and made special accommodations for the 115-meter-long airplane wing sections and two 12-meter fuselage sections.

“We worked with the customer’s engineering team for an entire day, studying exactly how to move the wings in the most efficient, damage-free manner,” said Alvaro Zanella, DB Schenker Brazil’s Airfreight Business Development and Operations Manager. “We also secured the special forklift and crane that could support this type of shipment.” Permits that usually take 1-2 weeks to obtain were secured within a day-and-a-half.

Once on the ground in Viracopos, Brazil, the Antonov jet was completely loaded and ready to fly within seven hours. Concurrently, DB Schenker’s U.S. aerospace team in Miami was preparing for its arrival, securing the necessary unloading equipment, arranging for U.S. customs clearance, and bracing for a fast unloading process.

The project was a major success and the customer was extremely happy with the fast timeline and quality work provided by DB Schenker. Zanella said that while the short timeline created unique constraints for the logistics provider, DB Schenker is well-versed in how to manage complex, intricate movement of high-value goods around the world.

The aerospace company has since assigned DB Schenker two additional projects, neither of which were put out to bid. “They’re counting on us to manage another big operation, and are confident that DB Schenker is the right logistics partner for these and other freight movements,” said Zanella. “That’s a definite testament to our capabilities as a reliable, flexible logistics partner.”

About DB Schenker Americas

DB Schenker is one of the largest Integrated Logistics Service Providers in the Americas with more than 10,000 employees in 123 locations providing over 27 million sq. ft. of distribution operations to its clients. DB Schenker’s Americas presence includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, United States, and Venezuela. DB Schenker offers land transport and air and ocean freight, as well as comprehensive logistics solutions and global supply chain management services from a single source. With integrated partners across the Americas, DB Schenker provides the best combination of intimate local practices knowledge and global capabilities.