Volga-Dnepr IL-76 transports helicopters to Indonesia

By Damian Brett

Mi-8 helicopter being loaded on a Volga-Dnepr IL-76

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered two helicopters from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to Kuala Lumpur for charter broker PT Komala Indonesia to support Malaysian seasonal wildfire-fighting efforts.

The two Mi-8 helicopters, weighing more than 20 tonnes, were delivered together with spare parts, instruments and accessories by one of Volga-Dnepr’s IL-76TD-90VDs. The helicopters were disassembled to meet loading requirements.

Volga-Dnepr said it has been delivering helicopters throughout its 30-year history for humanitarian, rescue and offshore purposes, averaging to now nearly 45 machines carried per year.

Ekaterina Andreeva, commercial director at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, said: “We work closely with customers and manufacturers to ensure a smooth and safe process for loadings which can be highly technical. From specialised load planning to designing essential loading equipment, to working with dedicated cargo attendants, we ensure there is expert handling from the pre-planning stages through to final delivery.”

The airline added that all aircraft are sterilised, and crew is equipped with personal protective equipment to maintain safety for all, both onboard, and at origin and destination.

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