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Tue 1 May 2007 12:48 PM

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Race to supply flights for F1

Ten charter flights helped transport racing cars for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

A number of charter cargo flights were supplied by various different airlines for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

The three-day racing event involved the air transportation of racing cars and tonnes of equipment provided by ten charter flights, eight of which were supplied by cargo carriers. These included Polar Air, Lufthansa, Emirates and Malaysian Airlines.

The first of the Formula One entourage to arrive in Bahrain was delivered by Lufthansa, which charted a flight for 32 Porsches. This was shortly followed by a Polar Air flight from London's Stansted Airport carrying 13 cars.

Prior to the Bahrain Formula One event was the Malaysian Grand Prix, as a result MASkargo, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, featured strongly in both legs.

"Our long term partnership with F1 shows that we are a reliable and trusted air cargo carrier among the F1 fraternity. Formula One is the ultimate in motor racing and being associated with a world-renowned race proves that we definitely are the preferred air cargo partner," said Dato Ong, senior general manager, MASkargo.

"As the Formula One cars are highly sensitive and valuable cargo, we take it in our stride to provide excellent service and believe that our flexibility, efficiency and scalability gives us an upper hand in handling the most delicate of cargo," he added.

A total of six charter cargo flights were flown from Kuala Lumpar in Malaysia, with Polar Air, Atlas Air and Emirates also involved. Additionally two charter passenger flights were required, one of which transported 170 passengers and the other 183 passengers. Special arrangements were made by BAS cargo department, Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) and Formula One organisers to receive the cars, equipment and visitors.

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