Spacecraft module latest aerospace cargo for Volga-Dnepr
Aerospace customers account for 30 per cent of Volga-Dnepr’s annual business and to date, the airline has operated over 5,250 flights for customers in the industry, delivering nearly 175,000 tonnes of cargo.
February 26, 2016
By Donald Urquhart
A spacecraft module and three tonnes of support equipment was flown from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport to London Stansted onboard one of the airline’s IL-76TD-90VD freighters, with the transportation organised by DG Terminal.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines was chosen to operate the flight because on its combination of expertise in moving oversized cargo and carrying aerospace shipments. The airline was able to provide a unique technical solution to ensure safe carriage of the valuable and sensitive payload module, which was transported inside a special container.
During the flight, a specific temperature was maintained in the cargo hold and the pressure was constantly monitored to protect the integrity of the shipment. Three representatives of the manufacturer, RSC Energia, accompanied the cargo to personally monitor the transportation of the module, which arrived safely and on-time in the UK ready to be transported by road to its final destination.
Aerospace customers account for 30 per cent of Volga-Dnepr’s annual business. To date, the airline has operated over 5,250 flights for customers in the industry, delivering nearly 175,000 tonnes of cargo such as satellites, helicopters, aircraft and parts.