Time sensitive: Volga-Dnepr’s sequential loading reduces ground handling by six hours

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has performed sequential loading of two IL-76TD-90VD freighters to expedite the delivery of sensitive equipment on charters originating in Orebro, Sweden, destined for two cities in China.
By coordinating the work, Volga-Dnepr’s team was able to decrease the overall loading time for both flights at their departure and arrival airports by six hours or 40%.
Said a spokesperson for the Russian-owned freighter operator: “Volga-Dnepr’s specialists successfully used the airline’s unique technology and special loading equipment to complete the loading of both flights using an extension ramp, ensuring the transportation was completed within the shortest timeframes.
“Both charters originated in Orebro, Sweden, and were destined for two cities in China. The shipment consisted of sensitive equipment and its dimensions of 6700 х 3200 х 2750mm and total weight of 21 tonnes added to the complexity of the loading process.”  
With two charter flights operating from the same airport, Volga-Dnepr was able to accelerate the delivery time by organizing sequential loading procedures involving aircraft towing and avoiding having to dismantle the loading ramp between flights.
The carrier also gained approval for two neighbouring parking slots at the apron, timing the loading/offloading with airport authorities and the customer’s representatives, obtaining flight permits for overflown countries, coordinating the aircraft arrival time, and ensuring availability of a mobile crane, pushback tugs and loading equipment.

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