Volga-Dnepr, Antonov to end Ruslan venture by end of year

After 10 years of marketing a unique aircraft that specialized in the lifting of heavy, oversized cargo to remote areas, Ruslan International has announced that it will cease operation on Dec. 31, 2016. Ruslan was created in 2006 as a joint venture between Antonov Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Group to market the carriers’ combined An-124-100 fleets […]

Priming the Pump: Surviving volatility in the oil and gas market

A 70-tonne piece of energy equipment had to be sent by air to the inland city of Erbil, Iraq, from Bakersfield, U.S., in February. Many thought it couldn’t be done due to the sheer length and size of the cargo, and the fact that it had to be transported in one piece. Ruslan International, a […]

Chapman Freeborn, Ruslan offer support for Armenian centennial

Heavy, outsize broadcasting equipment cargo from Tianjin, China, was delivered to Yerevan, Armenia, for television coverage of Armenia’s centenary commemorations. The equipment was a gift from the people of China to the people of Armenia. Air charter specialists Chapman Freeborn’s team in China commissioned the flight and chose to work with Ruslan International, which was […]

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Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Volga-Dnepr Airlines helped usher Argentina into the space age by transporting the country’s first satellite from San Carlos de Bariloche Airport to its launch site in French Guiana. The ARSAT-1 satellite and its custom-built transport container, weighing about 40 tonnes, were carried onboard an An-124-100 freighter under the Ruslan International joint […]

The week in brief

Ruslan International moved 75 tonnes of urgent oil and gas industry coil-tubing equipment from London Stansted to Adelaide, Australia, to support a drilling program in the Coober Pedy Basin of South Australia. Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, will launch direct flights to Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Dec. 3. The A320 aircraft […]
  • September 18, 2014

Larger than life: shipping colossal cargo

If Air Charter Service ships outsize cargo, it’s usually because something went wrong. “I’m sure when 99 percent of projects start, the plan is they’re going to send it all by ocean freight,” Justin Lancaster, group cargo director at Air Charter Service, says. “Our business is very much ad hoc…Most customers don’t inherently want the […]
  • May 2, 2013