CargoLifter has ordered a Skyship 600B airship with which to begin preparations for its planned CL-160 large cargo airship operations. The contract is worth $6.4 million to Orlando, Florida-based Airship Operations and UK sister company Global Skyship Industries.

The Skyship will be assembled and flight tested by Airship Operations next April, and delivered to CargoLifter's Brand, Germany base. Airship Operations will also help the company gain its German air operator's certificate after which CargoLifter will use the Skyship to train CL-160 flight test and line operating crews. Operation of the cargo lifters are to begin in 2002.

Source: Flight International