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AIRSHIP OPERATIONS, INC. ANNOUNCES SALE

      OF  SKYSHIP TO CARGOLIFTER

 

              Company Will Also Be Providing Training

 

 

Orlando, FL  (March 21, 2000):   Airship Operations, Inc., has announced the execution of a  (US) $6.4 million contract for a Skyship 600 B airship to be provided to CargoLifter, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CargoLifter AG, a German based airship designer and manufacturer.  The contract includes a training package designed to help CargoLifter achieve German approvals for the operation of airships.

 

CargoLifter is developing airships for the efficient transportation of extremely large and/or particularly heavy loads over long distances and with an ability to operate in remote areas without landing fields or adequate roads. The Airship Operations Skyship 600 B will be used to help CargoLifter to prepare for its future operations.

 

As part of the sales agreement, Airship Operations will build the Skyship at a hangar facility in Cardington, England. The build will start in early March, with the test flight expected over Cardington in late April.

 

The training program will begin after the completion of test flights in the U.K. The ship will depart England and cross the English Channel for its new home base in Brand, Germany, where CargoLifter is building the world’s largest hangar facility.

 

According to Mike Litherland, the Operations Manager for CargoLifter, “The Skyship has been purchased with the aim of preparing CargoLifter for its future large airship operations.  It will assist in the process of obtaining an initial Air Operator’s Certificate by developing the necessary company facilities and procedures and will facilitate lighter-than-air training of our large airship test and line operating crews.”

 

Additionally, where the training program permits, the Skyship 600 B will be used for more traditional airship activities, such as corporate flights, aerial camera work and scientific research.

      

The Skyship 600 in the hanger at Cardington after initial inflation on Sunday March 19th 2000. The Inflation took approximately 8 hours.

 

For additional information about Airship Operations, Inc. contact:  

Airship Operations, 1001 Armstrong Blvd., Unit A, Kissimmee, FL 34741

 Phone: 407.932.3779; fax: 407.932.2916. 
 
 

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