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Air charter saves a German production line!

Air charter saves a German production line!

A Spanish industrialist contacted Air Time Critical® to organise a shipment of car parts from their production site in the Southern Basque Country, not far from Bilbao, to a major car manufacturer near Hanover in north-western Germany. Production in Germany risked being stopped if the parts weren’t delivered in time. In this emergency scenario, Air Time Critical® quickly suggested an air charter solution to the customer (hiring of a private, dedicated cargo plane). 

Details of the Spain-Germany air charter solution  

  • Flight type: cargo air charter 
  • Service: door-to-door delivery Spain Vitoria – Germany Hanover 
  • Goods: 200 kg of car parts in boxes 
  • Flight route: Vitoria airport (VIT) – Hanover airport (HAJ) 
  • Flight duration: 3 hours 
  • Aircraft: Pilatus PC12 

For further reading: 

What is an air charter? 

What Spanish airports for urgent shipments? 

Stages of the urgent air charter shipment: 

  • 7  October, 18:30 – Goods pickup from the Spanish automotive supplier by express van 
  • 7  October, 19:20 – Express freight arrival at Vitoria airport (VIT) in the Basque Country 
  • 7  October, 20:30 – Air charter flight take-off from Vitoria airport in Spain 
  • 7  October, 23:30 – Air charter flight landing at Hanover airport (HAJ) in Lower Saxony, Germany 
  • 8  October, 01:00 – Cargo loading and express taxi departure for the destination site 
  • 8 October, 02:15 – Goods delivery on the German car manufacturer site. 

N.B.: All times indicated are local times.  

What delivery time frame for this urgent shipment to Germany? 

The customer safeguarded 12 hours of production with air charter 

This door-to-door priority shipment from northern Spain to Germany was carried out in 7 hours 45 minutes (distance by road: 1,700 km). 

Average time saved compared to an express taxi by road: +/- 12 hours. 

This special air transport meant that the Spanish automotive supplier was able to spare their German customer from 12 hours of line stoppage. 

Air Time Critical®’s advice for deliveries to VW in Germany: 

Good to know! 

All deliveries to the VW group sites (Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda Auto, Porsche, Seat) necessitate the procurement of a delivery note from VW indicating a VW delivery code. The express taxi driver will be unable to deliver on site without this mandatory document. 

Logistics emergency to Germany? 

We remain at your disposal to find the express transport solution best suited to your urgent industrial shipments of boxes or pallets from France or Europe to Germany. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a turnkey solution to your transport dilemmas: 

  • via our contact webform
  • by phone: Europe +32 2 888 84 16 (EN/FR) 

Note: The dates, timings, locations, and names mentioned above may have been modified to preserve customer confidentiality.