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Maximus Cargo targets new market

Maximus Air Cargo has acquired two Airbus A300-600F converted freighters signalling intent to diversify from the outsized market.

Maximus Air Cargo has acquired two Airbus A300-600F converted freighters signalling intent to diversify from the outsized market.

Adding to the cargo operator's fleet of Antonov 124, Ilyushin 76 and Lockheed Hercules, the Airbus models are hoped to offer customers more standard cargo options between the Middle East and regions such as Europe and North America.

"The additional capacity allows us access to more airports. Our Ilyushin 76TD aircraft have a similar payload capability but they are restricted, mainly due to noise from many airports," said Hilal Buhazza, president and CEO, Maximus Air Cargo.

"We can now assign our IL76TD to work alongside our Antonov 124 and provide total outsized cargo solutions. The A300 is in more universal demand giving us access to more routes and more clients," he added.

Asides being able to cater to a wider range of airports, the aircraft is a more cost efficient and effective option for standard loads on established routes. By the end of this year, the Maximus fleet hopes to stand at a total of eight aircrafts, representing a 100% growth in two years.

The company claims a motive behind the acquisition was demand from well established parcel and priority mail services in Europe and the Middle East. The cargo operator's also revealed it received interest from established scheduled airlines with temporary shortfalls in cargo capacity, alongside enquiries from the government and private clients regarding urgent deliveries.

"As the aircraft are established on our Air Operator Certificate and applied to the market, we will quantify the reaction and respond quickly. A market as diverse as the one we serve needs equally diverse applications and because customer service is next to safety as our top priority we are constantly looking for ways to improve," summarised Buhazza.

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