Volga-Dnepr shows outsized cargo skills in recent charter

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has once again demonstrated its expertise in oversized and super-heavy transport after “arranging” the urgent delivery of four helicopter-borne water bombers (Bell 214B) from Australia to Greece to help fight the fires in forest which has spread to Euboea, the Peloponnese and parts of Attica since early August.

The airline’s An-124-100 was chartered to deliver the oversized cargo that needed to be picked up from two separate airports in Wellcamp and Perth before heading to Athens.

The carrier, which claims to have delivered more than 40 types of helicopters on different occasions, said the complex delivery, arranged with air charter specialist Chapman Freeborn Australia and helicopter operator McDermott Aviation, was arranged in just two days. And under normal circumstances, it usually takes around 10 days to prepare the aircraft and cargo for the flight.

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“This is the first time in our 30 years of operation that we have transported four helicopters at once, loading in two stages,” said Ekaterina Andreeva, Commercial Director of Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

“This requires exquisite work from the loaders, technicians and crew and is only achieved through precise calculations, fueled by the respective experience and skills in transporting helicopters.”

Photo credit: Chapman Freeborn

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Cynthia D. Farfan