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Article from BTNews 28 SEPTEMBER 2009

West Atlantic and Smart cargo

WEST ATLANTIC, created last year with the amalgamation of Britain’s Atlantic and Swedish operator West Air, is Europe’s largest regional cargo airline.  Russell Ladkin, Sales and Operations Director, had a problem it seems.  His new Smart Car was needed in Gothenburg quickly from Coventry and he didn't fancy a sea voyage being a total aviation man.  Problem solved.  A quick exercise with a tape measure and "yes" it fits inside one of the airline’s 41 ATP aircraft!  At 730kg the weight was no problem either.  And the 5’ 1” x 5’ 1” cross section of the car easily fitted into the hold of the aircraft which is 6’ 9” wide (minimum) and 6’ 3¾” high.  Russell tells AERBT that he is thinking of applying to the Guinness Book of Records as potentially the world’s fastest Smart Car.  That is until someone checks if it will fit into the lower hold of a VIP Boeing 747. www.westatlantic.com

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