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Family Owned Gebrüder Weiss Transports Helicopter By Truck To Georgia

14th February 2013 Paul Andrews

Eurocopter takes about eight days by land from Vorarlberg to Tbilisi for use in use for heliskiing.

Gebrüder Weiss once again proves its competence as an expert for transports to the east with a challenging project: For the company Wucher Helicopter, Gebrüder Weiss is transporting a helicopter by truck through six countries to the Georgian capital. 

The client will use the aircraft worth 1.5 million Euro for heliskiing in the vacation village of Gudauri, approximately 100 km north of Tbilisi. “For us it was obvious that only Gebrüder Weiss was considered for this transport,” says Wucher manager Thomas Türtscher. “The company has been a reliable partner in all transport and logistics matters for 30 years. Furthermore, GW is a true expert for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.” 

It was for cost reasons that the people in charge decided on transport by truck: the helicopter alone would have needed about twice as much fuel for the 3,000 km flight as the fully loaded truck on the 3,700 km long route by land. Furthermore, safety equipment and avalanche rescue gear, 40 pairs of skis, 25 airbag backpacks as well as a tank station and diverse spare parts were sent along as well. 

Before the aircraft could be loaded on a common mega trailer, the landing skids and the rotor blades had to be dismantled. With an otherwise required special semitrailer, the costs would have been significantly higher. After about eight days of driving through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey, the transport will arrive in Georgia. The helicopter will be transported back to Austria in the Spring.

With over 5,000 employees, 162 company-owned locations and an annual turnover of more than one billion euro in 2011, Gebrüder Weiss ranks among the leading transport and logistics companies in Europe. In addition to its core business of overland transport, air & sea freight and logistics, the company also operates a number of highly specialised industry solutions and subsidiaries under the umbrella of Gebrüder Weiss Holding AG, based in Lauterach (Vorarlberg, Austria). This includes logistics consultancy x|vise, tectraxx (industry specialist for hi-tech businesses), inet-logistics (software solutions for TMS transport management), Railcargo (railway transport) and the Gebrüder Weiss parcel service GWP, a shareholder in the Austrian company DPD. 

This bundling of services allows the Group to respond to customer needs quickly and flexibly. Having implemented a variety of ecological, economic and social initiatives, the company, which is still family-owned and has a history going back 500 years, is considered a pioneer in terms of sustainable business.

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