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Special Word Cup Cargo Takes Off From Stansted

02 Jun 2010

Over 86 tonnes of specialist 3D TV equipment belonging to host World Cup broadcaster HBS, took to the skies bound for South Africa from Stansted Airport this week (Tuesday, June 1).

With less than 10 days to go until the world's biggest football tournament kicks off, the high tech kit was loaded onto an Antonov 124, the world's second largest cargo plane, for its long haul flight to Johannesburg.

Managing the huge operation through Stansted's dedicated freight facility was cargo handler, Servisair. Richard Bond, Servisair Cargo Station Manager, said:

"Servisair is delighted that we have been chosen to handle this valuable and important cargo. This is a tremendous vote of confidence in our abilities and recognises the skill and professionalism of our staff."

Host Broadcast Services (HBS) is the official broadcaster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and will film all 64 matches including, for the first time, 25 games in 3D. The company first undertook this type of logistical challenge for the 2006 Doha Asian Games in Qatar.

Nick Barton, Stansted’s Commercial and Development Director, said:

"With world class facilities, experienced freight handlers such as Servisair, and our close proximity to London, Stansted is ideally placed to manage specialist and high value freight of this nature.

"We are committed to building on this success story in the years ahead, including playing an active role in the future at high profile events such as the London 2012 Olympics, which will present the airport with a huge range of opportunities to showcase our business.”

Stansted is one of the largest cargo hubs in the UK with around 190,000 tonnes of freight passing through the airport's world-class facilities each year.  It is home to BA’s World Cargo operation and Fed-Ex has their largest UK hub at Stansted.

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