Vogla-Dnepr Airlines flies 83-tonne boiler from Italy to US

By Rachelle Harry

Image source: Vogla-Dnepr Group

Volga-Dnepr Airlines partnered with Fracht FWO Inc to transport an 83-tonne boiler from Milan in Italy to Lincoln, Nebraska in the US.

The planning process, which took almost two months, involved the two companies developing a special nine-tonne cradle for the boiler, as well as dealing with customs issues.

The entire journey took two days and consisted of five legs, with tech stops in Liege, Keflavik, Gander and Bangor.

After landing in Nebraska, the cargo was trucked to Sioux City, Iowa, where it will be used to ramp up a power plant’s production. 

Ekaterina Andreeva, commercial director at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, commented: “This has been one of the most memorable projects for our team in years – challenging loading, complex routing, production of a dedicated cradle, provision of special equipment from the Volga-Dnepr’s equipment store – these are all the pillars of the outsize and superheavy charter operations that we are most experienced in.

“We would like to thank our customer, Fracht FWO Inc, for well-coordinated work and trust. In fact, this was a second charter flight operated within seven days with them and we are proud to support them with our unique freighter solutions”. 

Chris Schumacher, vice president of airfreight at Fracht FWO Inv, added: “This is the fifth aircraft in 2021 that The Fracht Group have chartered with Volga-Dnepr Airlines this year and as usual, the shipment moved smoothly with a very happy customer. We consider Volga-Dnepr Airlines a strategic partner of Fracht and look forward to more charters in 2022 whilst strengthening our partnership.” 

Over the last eight months, Volga-Dnepr Airlines has operated more than 350 charters globally, delivering more than 16,000 tonnes of dedicated cargo and supporting its customers amid the continuing capacity constraints, Covid-19 restrictions and supply chain disruptions in some countries.

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