MIDDLE EAST: Agility conducts in Pyongyang

Middle East-based Agility logistics recently played a crucial supporting role in transporting 22 tonnes of musical instruments to Pyongyang, on behalf of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra when it made its recent debut concert in the North Korean capital. Th is was the first time that an international logistics company hadprovided such support. The orchestra […]


Middle East-based Agility logistics recently played a crucial supporting role in transporting 22 tonnes of musical instruments to Pyongyang, on behalf of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra when it made its recent debut concert in the North Korean capital. Th is was the first time that an international logistics company hadprovided such support.

The orchestra arrived from Beijing by charter flight at Pyongyang and the musical instruments had to be transferred within a few hours into the concert hall and back to the airport. A fleet of four Agility trucks were given the green light to travel the 192km across the border from Seoul to the North Korean capital. The vehicles, with air-suspension and temperature-control equipment, were carrying broadcast equipment for television companies to Pyongyang in order for the concert to air to a global audience.

All of the instruments and orchestra equipment were transported from Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport to the East Pyongyang National Theatre. "The operation was demanding, keeping in mind the freezing weather conditions (-12ºC) and the need for very careful handling of this sophisticated and high value cargo in a span of a few hours. We had to ensure that our trucks kept a constant temperature of +22ºC at all times" commented Olaf Tauschke, senior vice president of Agility Asia Pacific Region.