Maldives atoll gets delivery of first MRI machine

LONDON: August 19, 2019. Chapman Freeborn Airchartering, part of the Lithuanian Avia Solutions Group, has delivered the first MRI machine to Addu Atoll in the Maldives using a Maximus Air An-124-100 aircraft.

The machine, together with 166 components, is part of the expansion at Hithadhoo Regional Hospital and will enable a wider range of medical services for the 76,000 people living on the atoll. Before delivery of the machine, patients needing an MRI had to fly 350 miles to Malé, the capital of the Maldives.

Maximus Air flew the shipment from Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, saving the cost of using three flights with an Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, to Gan International Airport which completed a runway extension in 2016 and enabled the An-124 to fly in for the first time.

Because of limited cargo handling capabilities at Gan, Chapman Freeborn project managers accompanied the shipment on the six-hour flight from Dubai to help oversee safe unloading and handling of the MRI machine and components.

Samir Ramadan, Maximus Air vice president Commercial commented: “The moment this enquiry came to us from Chapman Freeborn we realised the importance of on-time delivery for the MRI machine. All departments at Maximus got into action and synchronised as this was first ever An-124 operation into Gan island. We are very proud to be part of this project and successfully operate this charter within 48 hours of its confirmation.”