Antonov airlines and Chapman Freeborn aid oil industry’s critical response to oil spills

Antonov Airlines works with Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Oil Spill Response Limited to test the airborne transport of a capping stack for the first time

Antonov Airlines and Chapman Freeborn Airchartering have taken part in a ground-breaking test flight to transport by air, instead of by sea, a capping stack, which is the vital equipment used by the oil industry in the event of an oil spill.

The successful test flight - the first time ever that a complete capping stack has been transported by air -means that oil companies can now reach faraway oil spills much faster and cap the wells more quickly.

Antonov Airlines, working with charter specialist Chapman Freeborn and its client Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), deployed an AN-124 to carry the fully assembled subsea capping stack and housing, which weighed a massive 85.5 tonnes and measured 11.5 by 5.5 by 3.9 metres.