Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Kintetsu World Express France have teamed-up for an heavyload charter flight from Paris-Vatry Airport to Damman Airport in Saudi Arabia – transporting an 11,000 horsepower Alstom motorised pump.
The 40-ton pump, measuring 651x274x311cm, was transported onboard one of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 ramp aircraft just seven days after the initial charter request was received from the customer. The motorized pump will be used as a spare part to replace an unserviceable unit.
Volga-Dnepr 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.
Deputy commercial director, Ekaterina Andreeva 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 6 hours and 45 minutes whereas with sea freight transportation the customer would have waited 20+ days. Our experience and efficiency in handling every charter request as well as the expertise of commercial team, gives Volga-Dnepr a unique advantage in the market.”
In 2018, Volga-Dnepr said the highest growth this year-to-date from different industry sectors has come from the O&G sector, with cargoes carried up by more than 40 per cent compared to the same period of 2017.