AirBridgeCargo flies prototype autonomous vehicle to Singapore

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines has transported a Ground Rapid Transit (GRT) prototype autonomous vehicle to Singapore in partnership with Geodis.

The GRT, which can accommodate up to 24 passengers, travelled from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Singapore Changi Airport on a scheduled ABC Boeing 747 Freighter, where it will be used for demonstrations at various locations to show its suitability for use at medium-sized airports, business campuses and entertainment parks.

ABC sent off-size cargo experts to the production factory of the Utrecht-based technology company, 2getthere, to work out a special loading plan to ensure the safe transportation of the vehicle, which measured six metres in length, 2.1 metres in weight and a height of 2.8 metres.

AirBridgeCargo head of sales – The Netherlands, Denmark & Ireland, Nico Kors says: the airline developed its ABC XL product for this type of shipment.

He says: “As the largest all-cargo operator from Amsterdam, we were glad to be asked to participate in this project to deliver the GRT vehicle to and from Singapore, working in close partnership with GEODIS and their customer, 2getthere.”

“The delivery of off-size shipments is a very important and growing part of our business and we expect to increase share of off-size shipments in our cargo turnover.”

ABC started scheduled services to Singapore in September 2015, is a regular carrier of off-size shipments across its global network connecting Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, including aircraft engines and other aerospace equipment, shipments for oil & gas, heavy and automotive industries.