Russian freighter operator Volga-Dnepr Airlines, in partnership with logistics provider Geodis, has transported a large custom-built compressor from Zurich, Switzerland to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The carrier said that the special, one-of-a-kind cargo — measuring 15.65 m x 4.40 m x 3.85 m and weighing 100 tonnes — was one of the largest out-of-gauge shipments ever carried on one of its An-124-150 aircraft.
Volga-Dnepr's operational base in Dubai coordinated each step of the process, supported by load planners and a commercial team.
Artemiy Ivanovskiy, regional manager, India, Middle East and Africa, at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, commented: “With strict delivery deadlines from the onset we were battling with many challenges from production, assembly, operations handling and other facets.
“Thanks to clear and straightforward communication with all the stakeholders, we were able to resolve them and come up with a comprehensive action plan to accomplish this complex transportation, meeting [our] customer’s requirements and getting positive feedback in the end.”
Volga-Dnepr Airlines operates a fleet of 12 An-124-100 aircraft, two of which has been modified to uplift 150 tonnes per flight (including equipment) and five Il-76TD-90VD.
The carrier said both types of planes are ideal for charter operations, even to remote airports with less developed infrastructure, due to their technical capabilities and self-sufficient loading equipment.
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