Volga-Dnepr completes massive charter operation

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Volga-Dnepr has completed a series of charter flights carrying over 12m Covid-19 test kits.

In collaboration with UK-based freight forwarder JAG-UFS, the test kits were carried from Shanghai in China to Billund in Denmark during January, with an average load of 72 tonnes per flight.

The flights were carried out on behalf of the Danish government.

On January 29, Volga-Dnepr had two AN-124 aircraft (RA-82046 and RA-82043) in Billund airspace simultaneously. The latter aircraft arrived five minutes after the departure of RA-82046, which required rapid ground handling and aircraft turnaround services at Billund Airport, said Volga-Dnepr.

The final flight saw RA-82044, one of Volga-Dnepr’s 12 x AN-124-100, carry 72 tonnes of Covid-19 test kits to Billund Airport on January 31.

Billund Airport managed to offload the last flight containing 650 cu m of cargo in one hour and 45 minutes instead of the normal 6-10 hours for bulk palletised cargo.

Martin Bodker Andersen of Spedman Logistics coordinated local logistic activities to meet strict and demanding delivery schedules.

Ekaterina Andreeva, commercial director of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, said: “Since 2022 we keep receiving requests for the transportation of test kits as the demand for Covid-19 tests augments amid the spread of the omicron variant. We would like to thank Gary Wilcox (chief executive) at JAG-UFS for once again entrusting us to deliver such critical cargo”.

Throughout 2021, Volga-Dnepr Group delivered over 43,000 tonnes of dedicated healthcare and humanitarian cargo worldwide aboard its fleet of freighters.

From this year, the Group aims to expand its scope of services, covering integrated logistics solutions throughout the whole supply chain.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]