Men in Black: Sports pro turned helicopter entrepreneur Richard “Richie” McCaw (l.) with Patrick Boy from DB Schenker. Photo: DB Schenker
Richard “Richie” McCaw is famous for having captained New Zealand’s rugby union national team, the “All Blacks,” to consecutive Rugby World Cup titles in 2011 and 2015. He is the most capped test rugby player of all time and many experts regard him as the best player in the history of rugby union, unofficially New Zealand’s national sport. A veritable legend – who recently met up with Patrick Boy from DB Schenker’s Aerospace & Defense team for business talks.
McCaw, who retired from professional sports at the end of 2015, has been a passionate helicopter pilot for years. He is now the co-owner and one of the directors of Christchurch Helicopters. The company, which is based in the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, provides services ranging from scenic flights to agricultural operations. And, the company has been a customer of DB Schenker since 2011.
The logistics service provider is always the first point of contact when the New Zealanders need to import aircraft or spare parts from France, where the helicopters operated by the company are manufactured. In general, these transports are handled via ocean freight using 20-foot containers which provide space for two helicopters.