MIDDLE EAST: Maximus to lease freighter aircraft

Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air Cargo said it would lease two additional freighter aircraft to fuel demand for the oversized cargo market. Fat’hi Hilal Buhazza, president and chief executive, said demand has grown at 25 per cent in 2007, putting its fleet of American, European and Russian freighters at full capacity. Maximus flies Antonov and Ilyushin […]


Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air Cargo said it would lease two additional freighter aircraft to fuel demand for the oversized cargo market.

Fat’hi Hilal Buhazza, president and chief executive, said demand has grown at 25 per cent in 2007, putting its fleet of American, European and Russian freighters at full capacity. Maximus flies Antonov and Ilyushin freighters, which are the only civilian aircraft equipped for ramp loading capabilities, ideal for oversized cargo such as helicopters and military equipment.

Maximus freighters are also able to land on less than ideal airport conditions including unpaved runways. It will add an Airbus A330 and an A300 in the first quarter next year on a lease basis to add to its current fleet of eight.

The cargo operator has flown out of Abu Dhabi since 2004 and flies cargo throughout the region including remote outposts in Africa, Pakistan and Iraq.