Volga-Dnepr cuts ocean transport time with An-124 operation

Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and forwarder Kintetsu World Express France (KWE) have transported an 11,000 horsepower Alstom motorized pump from Paris-Vatry to Damman.
The 40-ton pump, measuring 651x274x311cm, was transported onboard one of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 ramp aircraft seven days after the initial charter request was received.
The motorized pump will be used as a spare part to replace an unserviceable unit.
VDA’s load planning team advised on the correct preparation of the shipment in advance of the flight date, a process which embraced not only removing seafreight packaging but also fitting shackles and eye bolts to secure the cargo during its flight.
VDA used loading equipment – a rail system, extensions ramps and skate beams – as well as mobile cranes to guarantee a seamless and intact loading process at both the departure and arrival airports.
Ekaterina Andreeva, deputy commercial director, VDA, said: “This transportation showcases the benefits of airfreight solutions over other logistics modes, as we were able to deliver this essential spare part back to Saudi Arabia faster than other transport companies.
"The whole delivery took six hours and 45 minutes whereas with sea freight transportation the customer would have waited 20+ days."
In 2018, Volga-Dnepr has seen rapid growth in oil and gas business, with cargoes carried up by more than 40% compared to the same period of 2017.

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