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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Fun of the circus lands at Manston


The airport welcomes a new carrier with an special cargo

Ed Hill

from: kentnews.co.uk

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Singapore Airlines freight plane has landed at Manston Airport with 82 tonnes of stage equipment for the Cirque du Soleil.
The Boeing 747-400 was on a special charter flight from San Francisco.
Once unloaded the consignment will go to the Royal Albert Hall, which will be the UK home for Cirque du Soleil’s latest show. The circus spectacular involves trademark aerial high bar, contortion, fire-knife dance, hand balancing and synchronised trapeze acts.
The Singapore Airline’s 747 was joined by a Cargolux 747 which also flew in from San Francisco carrying a further 69 tonnes of Cirque du Soleil equipment.
Charles Buchanan, chief executive of Manston, said: “The arrival of this major cargo consignment for such an important and world famous customer will not have gone unnoticed by other music and major event organisers and the freight industry as a whole.”
Allan McQuarrie, Manston’s manager for freight development, added: “Welcoming such a global player as Singapore Airlines to Manston for the first time bodes well for future freight traffic. Increasingly airlines, and their freight customers, are looking for airports that are able to quickly and efficiently handle complex consignments.”
After unloading the staging and equipment, 72 tonnes of general cargo was loaded on to the jumbo jet for export to Singapore.
The charters were arranged by Rock-it Cargo, an international freight forwarding company specialising in major entertainment and live events, especially freight moves that are time sensitive, fragile and complicated. As well as Cirque du Soleil, Rock-it Cargo’s customers include Madonna, The Police and The PGA Golf Tour.read more at:http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/fun_of_the_circus_lands_at_manston_1_1162269

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