IT IS one of the best known musicals around - and its live show flew into Doncaster.
A delivery of more than 102 tonnes of stage set, instruments and costumes for the stage production of the hit television show Glee flew into Robin Hood Airport from New York ahead of a sell out show in Manchester.
The cargo arrived at Finningley onboard a Boeing 747 before being transferred to a number of trucks for the final leg of the journey over the Pennines, to the Manchester MEN Arena ready for the Glee Live stage show.
Internationally renowned Global Motion, which has worked with stars such as Rod Stewart, Adele and Meat Loaf, was responsible for the logistics of all the equipment for the entire Glee Live tour.
Mike Morton, airport director, said: “We were delighted to be able to accommodate Global Motion once again and receive the equipment for the Glee production.
“It is good to see that thanks to our dedicated team our reputation as one of the UK’s freighter airports is growing.
“The airport is able to easily handle this type of cargo and with our 3,000 metre runway and hangar facilities adding to the incentive of using the airport - we expect to welcome many more flights of this type in the future.”
It is not the first time the airport has been the point of entry for big name music acts.
Global Motion has used the airport on a number of occasions with varying cargo sizes, bringing over equipment for bands including Coldplay two years ago from Phoenix in Arizona. Due to the support from airport officials, the company has vowed to reuse the port as often as possible.
Irish rockers U2 have also used the site as their gateway to the UK.
Adam Hatton, director of Global Motion, said: “Everyone at Robin Hood just wants to help with the process and customs are friendly and efficient. The plane was unloaded quickly and an empty hangar was provided to enable us to load the trucks quickly and effectively.
“It is definitely my airport of choice in the UK for large movements and I would happily bring any of my clients through there.”
The airport has also welcomed 13 lions from Romania, Lady Gaga’s stage equipment, and a generator which was urgently needed at a power station in Lahore in Pakistan flown in on the world’s largest aircraft, the AN225.
n The last flying Vulcan bomber, based at Robin Hood Airport, is set to hit the skies today. It is one of the main attractions at the RAF Waddington air show.