In 2002 Air Charter Service received a rather strange request â€“ to fly sand to Egypt! Why on earth would they need more?
Ruan Courtney, now the companyâ€™s COO, explains: â€œI received a call from my Italian customer saying that he needed to transport 13 tons of sand from Rome to Cairo. We had a bit of a laugh at first but, when we dug a little deeper, we found out that it was a special type of sand used for glass making.
â€œIt was urgently needed by a company based in Cairo; Egyptian sand was the wrong type and they couldnâ€™t source any similar sand nearby.
â€œSo we arranged a Russian-built AN-12 and, as soon as we received all the necessary permits, we performed the flight. The customer was delighted and the thought of the initial enquiry always makes me chuckle!â€