Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air Cargo is now the largest all-cargo airline in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since its fully-owned fleet of primarily Russian-sourced aircraft (Ilyushin Il-76TD and Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan) has been expanded with the addition of an Airbus A300-600 and a Lockheed L-100-30 (L-382G) Hercules, taking its fleet to eight aircraft in total.

Established in 2005, Maximus is the premier operator of outsized cargo aircraft in the Middle East and its plans are firmly focused on adding further all-cargo aircraft to its fleet and expanding its portfolio in the aviation support services.

Employing more than 100 people, Maximus prides itself on its ability to concentrate on customer care when managing the air transport needs and logistics solutions of royalty, governments, multi-national companies and humanitarian/relief organisations.

Maximus’ Hercules is a stretched civilian variant of the military C-130 and it brings with it the capability to operate from unprepared runways with a take-off run of around 1,200-metres. Built in 1985, this particular L-100-30 (L-382G) has undergone a major upgrade including new, fully-integrated digital avionics; state-of-the-art navigation; improved fuel, environmental and ice protection systems; and an enhanced cargo handling capability.

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Source: Flight Daily News