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Cable cars go truly aerial

By Hpanchal on January 29, 2013

Austrian-headquartered transport and logistics specialist Gebrüder Weiss has transported a 450-tonne consignment of cable cars and ancillary equipment to Mexico. The cable car will operate in a picturesque valley near the city of Puebla, surrounded by the volcanic mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

The client was Swiss manufacturer Bartholet Maschinenbau. Weiss’s task: to deliver two gondolas, steel parts for construction of stations on the mountain and in the valley, and three cable car pylons each weighing 35 tonnes, together with lengths of track and haul ropes, from production sites in Switzerland and the Netherlands to Puebla.

The customer required airfreight because of the tight time schedule. Weiss used 25 trucks and three sprinter vehicles to transfer the cable car elements, measuring up to 13.8 meters long, to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, from where four B747 freighter charter flights flew the materials direct to Puebla. There a special crane was hired to load trucks for onward transfer to the construction site.

“Safe packing of the goods and proper loading of the airplanes were logistical challenges,” said Marc Kirchberger, airfreight export manager at Gebrüder Weiss. “It doesn’t happen often that complete cable cars are loaded onto aircraft, which made advance planning all the more important.”

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