Maximus Air Cargo

Maximus Air Cargo
Maximus Air Cargo
Founded 2005
Hubs Abu Dhabi International Airport
Secondary hubs Bateen Airport / Abu Dhabi Airport / Dubai World Central
Fleet size 6
Company slogan Flying above the ordinary
Headquarters Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Key people Fathi Buhazza - CEO

Maximus Air Cargo, an Abu Dhabi Aviation Group company was established in 2005 to provide tailored solutions for moving outsized cargo. After operating for 5 years in the region, it is now a significant regional air cargo carrier and cargo aircraft wet lease operator (ACMI), employing more than 200 staff and operating a fleet of eight all-cargo Antonov An-124-100, Ilyushin IL-76TD and Airbus A300-600RP2F aircraft across the middle east, europe, africa and asia. Maximus currently runs regular scheduled cargo services on behalf of Etihad Crystal Cargo and is the appointed exclusive air relief support partner of the UAE Red Crescent.



The airline was established in 2005 and has 245+ employees (at March 2011).

End to end solutions

Operating out of Abu Dhabi since 2005 and with European Offices in the UK, Maximus excels as the largest all-cargo airline in the UAE. Specialise in moving outsized air cargo and wet leasing aircraft. Expertise is diverse; from scheduled, charter, governmental, royalty and VIPs, military, airline and operators and private to humanitarian sectors. Our ever- growing portfolio of aviation services is impressively supported by a comprehensive owned fleet of eight all-cargo aircraft which include Antonov AN-124-100, Airbus A300-6000RF, and Llyushin IL-76TD.


The conversion of a new Airbus A300-600 regional freighter, purchased by Maximus Air Cargo at the start of this year, and part of a of Dhs350m expansion programme, is on schedule for its mid-summer entry into the company's fleet. The aircraft, offering an maximum structural payload up to 46 tonnes of payload capacity, is one of three purchased from Japan Airlines (JAL) and has been at the Dresden, Germany plant of EADS EFW, where the complex adaptation process is now nearing completion.


Maximus Air Cargo Antonov An-124 at Brno Airport (2010).

Abu Dhabi Aviation buys Maximus Air Cargo Mon, 24 Nov 2008

State-owned Abu Dhabi Aviation has acquired a 95% stake in heavy-lift carrier Maximus Air Cargo, the Middle East’s largest all-cargo airline.

President and CEO Fathi Hilal Buhazza said Maximus would retain its brand, operational independence and management structure, but the new ownership would allow the company to increase its efficiency and profitability and ensure its future growth.

Maximus has already reported outstanding growth during the first nine months of 2008, with a four-fold increase in freight-tonne km flown. Revenue grew from US$38m to $86m.

Commercial contracts accounted for 75% of the hours flown, with the balance coming from UAE government entities.

It operates a total of six freighters, including AN-124-100, A300-600RF and IL-76 aircraft across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia, including regular scheduled cargo services on behalf of airlines including Etihad, Iberia, Air France, and Sudan Airways.

It is also the exclusive air relief support partner for the UAE Red Crescent.

Abu Dhabi Aviation is the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East


The Maximus Air Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft

Aircraft Total Capacity mass Capacity vol Range with
maximum Payload
Maximum Range
Airbus A300-600F 3 (2 on order) 46,000 kg 426 m3 2450 nm 4095 nm operated by Maximus Air Cargo
Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan 1 120,000 kg 1040 m3 2350 nm 8400 nm operated by Ukraine Air Alliance
Ilyushin IL-76TD Candid 2 46,000 kg 240 m3 2450 nm 4687 nm operated by Ukraine Air Alliance

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