The Australian branch of air charter services firm Chapman Freeborn has applied to the International Air Services Commission seeking freight capacity to Nauru, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea.
The application is for 32t of freight capacity to each of the three destinations from either Brisbane or Cairns for a period of five years.
For this purpose, the company has entered into an agreement to lease a Lockheed L-382 Hercules cargo aircraft from Safair Operations. The aircraft has a payload of about 16t per flight on the proposed routes and will be based in Brisbane.
The aircraft is operating under an Australian foreign air operator's certificate, and Chapman says that it will place the aircraft on an Australian AOC as soon as possible.