Volga-Dnepr cuts staff, reduces An-124 fleet

This year’s challenging trade environment and the subsequent decline in air cargo transportation demand has had a major impact on Russian airline Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which along with AirBridgeCargo and Atran, falls under the Volga-Dnepr Group umbrella. Russian Aviation Insider reported on Wednesday that in response to the difficult market, Volga-Dnepr Airlines was forced to make […]

Volga-Dnepr gets US approval for 777X engine charters

Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines received an emergency exemption from the U.S. Department of Transportation for up to three AN-124-100 freighter charter flights between Columbus Rickenbacker Airport (LCK) and Everett (PAE), Seattle (SEA) or Spokane (GEG), in support of Boeing’s 777X production. The charters, which began yesterday with a flight between LCK and PAE and may continue […]

Pardon the Disruption: Alexey Isaikin — What’s his plan?

Russian airline conglomerate’s Volga-Dnepr Group has had an eventful year in equipment purchases and changes to partnerships, but the underlying strategy behind these moves is anyone’s guess. Alexey Isaikin, an ex-Soviet Russian military colonel, conceived of Volga-Dnepr back in the tumultuous year of 1990, with the help of the government in the last year of the […]

Volga-Dnepr to exit An-124 NATO charter agreement

In another sign of rising tensions between Russia and the West, Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group is withdrawing from the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) agreement, under which Volga-Dnepr and Ukraine’s Antonov Group provide charter service for certain NATO and European Union countries aboard An-124 aircraft. Under the SALIS charter agreement, Volga-Dnepr and Antonov have provided six […]

Antonov Airlines’ An-124 transports communications satellite to French Guiana

Antonov Airlines transported the outsized Satellite from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), to Cayenne, French Guiana, on board one of its An-124-100 aircraft. Al Yah 3 is a GEOStar-3 satellite, manufactured by Virginia-based Orbital ATK. The satellite required transport in a container that measured 11.4 meters long, 4.6 meters wide, and 4.1 meters high, and […]

Volga-Dnepr plans new Leipzig-based carrier using heavy-lift An-124s

With a fleet of some of he most unique heavy-lift aircraft in the world, the Volga-Dnepr Group has long voiced its wish to create a new airline in Europe. On Wednesday, at the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refueling Conference in Madrid, the Moscow-based carrier announced that it may soon launch a new carrier out of Leipzig, […]

Volga-Dnepr, Airbus Defence partnership delivers Sentinel-5P satellite

The partnership between Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Airbus Defence and Space cooperated on a special delivery for the European Space Agency, transporting a Sentinel-5P satellite from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Arkhangelsk, Russia, using an An-124-100 freighter before the satellite completed the last leg of its journey to Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome spaceport by train. The satellite […]

Irma recovery efforts continue as next hurricane threatens Caribbean

Even as yet another major cyclone – the Category 5-level Hurricane Maria – plows through the Caribbean region today, cargo groups and nonprofits are scrambling to provide food, medicine and other relief supplies to help the islands recover from the last major storm, Hurricane Irma. Disaster relief charities Airlink, LIFT, Patient Airlift Services (PALS) and Rescue Global have teamed up […]

Volga-Dnepr, SPARX Logistics agreement expands Canadian portfolio

Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo (VD UAC) and U.S.-based SPARX logistics have signed a cooperation agreement that allows SPARX to offer an expanded range of air services to and from Canada. Under the new agreement, SPARX now offers such services as project cargo, full or partial chartering, standard air cargo clearance and customs clearance. It also […]

Volga-Dnepr AN-124-100 flights deliver 11 generators to Antananarivo, Madagascar

Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ iconic An-124-100 freighters delivered 11 generators, weighing 57 tonnes a piece, to Madagascar’s capital city Antananarivo. The added juice provides a critical boost to the country’s power grid, where rolling blackouts triggered social unrest in 2014, and a cyclone that struck this March caused widespread power outages. A 2016 World Bank report found […]

Antonov seeks wider global presence with ties to Western suppliers

MUNICH -- Antonov Airlines could be the “Cindy Crawford” of the freight forwarding business. Much like your uncle proudly displays a poster of the 1990s supermodel across the mantle of his man-cave, forwarders around the world decorate their offices with pictures of their cargo aboard the maindecks of An-124s; if it’s on the An-225, it’s […]

Silk Way to lease an An-124-100

Azerbaijani freight carrier Silk Way Airlines took advantage of this year’s Farnborough Air Show to announce an agreement with the Russian leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) to lease an An-124-100. The heavy-lift freighter was previously operated by Russia’s Polet Airlines, which had its operators’ certificate revoked in October 2015. […]
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