Cargo Supermarket in Action



Even on public holidays, Volga-Dnepr is always ready to demonstrate the effectiveness of its cargo supermarket service offering, which aims to always deliver the best solution for each customer taking into account the range and capability of the Group’s aircraft fleet. On this occasion, its prompt delivery was a high value shipment to Russia’s capital using a Boeing 737 express freighter.

Volga-Dnepr’s commercial team received a request from Proair Logistics Company for an urgent delivery of valuable cargo during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve period. The perfect aircraft solution was to charter one of the Group’s Boeing 737-400 freighters operated by Atran Airlines, the express cargo carrier, which joined the Group in 2011.

Volga-Dnepr’s specialists obtained all of the necessary permits for the flight in the shortest possible timescale, enabling the 737-400 to ensure the shipment arrived at its destination in Moscow within the tight delivery deadline.

15 tonnes equipment for ore extraction was delivered from Anapa to Murmansk

Volga-Dnepr Airlines transported a 15-tonne piece of mining equipment from Anapa to Murmansk onboard one of the its IL-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft.

The customer, mining and metallurgical company Norilsk Nickel, was provided with a full range of engineering and logistics services, from the provision of unique loading equipment to ground transportation to the cargo’s final destination.

70-tonne An electrodynamic shaker was delivered from Shanghai (China), to Chelyabinsk (Russia)

Volga-Dnepr delivered a 70-tonne electrodynamic shaker used to examine the durability of objects or to calibrate instruments from Shanghai (China), to Chelyabinsk (Russia).

Loading and unloading this unusual piece of equipment, required external crane trucks and 7 tonnes of special equipment developed by the airline’s engineers for its transportation onboard an AN-124-100 Ruslan.

46 new customers chose to work with Volga-Dnepr in 2015
50 tonnes of oil and gas equipment was delivered from Kazan (Russia) to Karshi (Uzbekistan)

Two of Volga-Dnepr’s IL-76TD-90VD aircraft performed flights from Kazan (Russia) to Karshi (Uzbekistan) to deliver over 50 tonnes of gas equipment for a new partner, logistics provider G&O Solutions.

G&O was one of 46 new clients to chose Volga-Dnepr in 2015. Altogether this new business accounted for some 6% of total sales for the year.

35 tonnes of oil and gas equipment was delivered onboard an IL-76TD-90VD flight from Prestwick (Scotland), to Istanbul (Turkey)

It took Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ experts in Ulyanovsk and Stansted just three days to expedite the delivery of an urgent 35-tonne shipment of oil production equipment onboard one of its IL-76TD-90VD freighters from Prestwick (Scotland) to Istanbul (Turkey).

Special loading equipment was delivered from Leipzig to Scotland especially for this flight. Despite a strong 20mph wind, the aircraft’s technical crew completed the loading without any delay.

70-tonne purification tower for oil refining was delivered from the USA to Iraq

Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ experts conducted a unique operation to deliver an oil refinery stripping tower from the USA to Iraq for the Taq Taq Operating Company.

The 70-tonne single piece of equipment was two metres longer than the cargo compartment floor of the AN-124-100, the biggest series-produced transport aircraft in the world. To meet this challenge, Volga-Dnepr created a unique engineering and logistics solutions, including a special cradle to facilitate the loading and unloading, and protect the integrity of the tower during transportation. This ensured the tower’s safe, on-time arrival in Iraq and enabled it to start work in the oilfield ahead of schedule.

50-tonne rotor was transported- from its production site in Mülheim (Germany) and delivered to its place of operation in Mumbai (India) for Siemens

Volga-Dnepr Airlines successfully managed the transportation of a 50-tonne rotor from its manufacturing plant in Muelheim (Germany) to an operating site in Mumbai (India) having provided regular customer Siemens with a full range of engineering and logistics services to facilitate the movement.

In addition to air transportation onboard an An-124-100, the airline developed technical solutions for the cargo’s transportation and provided assistance for customs clearance and cargo terminal handling procedures. It also organised the lease of mobile cranes at both Leipzig and Mumbai airports to load and unload the rotor.


The Russian telecommunication satellites Express АМ7 and Express АМ8, which successfully launched last spring, were delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome by one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ AN-124-100 aircraft.

The high-precision and sensitive satellites were secured inside a special shipping container for the transportation. Strict pressure and temperature levels were maintained in the cargo compartment to protect the satellites and the flights were performed at a low altitude of 9.5 km.


Over 200 participants in the 2014–2015 Biathlon World Cup held in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) received their sports equipment with the help of Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

This valuable cargo carried onboard the modernised IL-76TD-90VD aircraft was accompanied by the German biathlete Erik Lesser, a double World Champion in 2015, and a two-time silver medal winner in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

17 tonnes of equipment for oil production was delivered to Singapore from Stavanger (Norway)

On behalf of international logistics company Pentagon Freight Services, Volga-Dnepr Airlines transported 17 tonnes of oil and gas equipment from the Norwegian city of Stavanger to Singapore, where the Ivar Aasen oil platform deck is under construction. It will eventually be used in one of the largest shelf areas in the North Sea.

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28-tonne rotor for an oil refinery was delivered to Salvador (Brazil) from Zurich (Switzerland)

Over a weekend, Volga-Dnepr Airlines and international logistics company Chapman Freeborn organised.

The urgent transportation from Zurich (Switzerland) to Salvador (Brazil) of a 28-tonne rotor for an oil refinery. Faulty equipment meant work at the refinery faced a lengthy interruption but this was avoided thanks to a fast and efficient delivery of replacement equipment to Brazil.

40-tonne propeller shaft for repair of a marine vessel was delivered by an IL-76TD-90VD from Laage (Germany) to Florianopolis (Brazil)

Volga-Dnepr Airlines completed the urgent delivery of a 40-tonne propeller shaft to repair a ship.

The cargo was transported Onboard one of its IL-76TD-90VD Freighters from Laage (Germany) to Florianopolis (Brazil).

3 energy substations for the global project to widen the Suez Canal were delivered on a single flight from New York (USA) to Cairo (Egypt)

Three power substations for the global Suez Canal expansion project were carried by Volga-Dnepr from New York (USA) to Cairo (Egypt).

The technical assessment of the cargo conducted by Volga-Dnepr’s experts revealed that the equipment exceeded the height of the aircraft’s cargo compartment. The airline’s engineers offered an effective solution involving the dismounting of the upper and lateral components of the substations, making the delivery possible.

16-tonne mobile drilling rigs were delivered simultaneously on two IL-76TD-90VD aircraft from Liege (Belgium) to Al-Kuwait (Kuwait)

To ensure the delivery of two 16-tonne mobile drilling units from Liege (Belgium) to Al-Kuwait (Kuwait), Volga-Dnepr Airlines completed two simultaneous IL-76TD-90VD flights in order to complete both deliveries in sequence, as requested by the customer.

This solution made it possible to reduce the delivery time and once again confirmed the company’s ability to meet all customer requirements.

21-tonne laser unit was delivered from Örebro (Sweden) to Japan

Volga-Dnepr’s experts arranged for the delivery of high-value industrial laser equipment from Erebro (Sweden) to Japan having ensured the sensitive cargo was correctly fixed into the cargo hold and was ready to travel in a special temperature environment.

The sensitive nature of the cargo meant it took six months to prepare for this technically challenging flight.

1.2 mln muksun fish were transported from St Petersburg to Salekhard to restore the population of this freshwater species of salmon in the Ob River basin

One of ATRAN’s Boeing 737 freighters delivered A particularly unusual cargo from St Petersburg to Salekhard – more than 1.2 million young Muksun fish that were being flown to Salekhard to help restore the population of this freshwater whitefish in the Ob River basin.

This is the first time that Muksun fish have been transported by air.



An AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ Boeing 747 freighter moved the unique Nuna solar- powered car from the Netherlands to Hong Kong to take part in the World Solar Challenge 2015 in Australia.

The Nuna car is a proven champion among solar- powered transport vehicles.


To decorate the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, for the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a Volga-Dnepr IL-76TD-90VD delivered 28 Cypress trees from a nursery in Germany.


Volga-Dnepr provided an additional set of engineering and logistics services for the Dutch transport company Agility Projects Rotterdam for the transportation of oil equipment from Maastricht (the Netherlands) to Farab (Turkmenistan).


Within a week Volga-Dnepr performed six IL-76TD-90VD flights from Sweden to the UK to transport 120 tonnes of clothing for a well-known consumer brand.

The main requirement of the customer was to ensure the regularity of flights because the clothing was to be sold through its online store on ‘Black Friday’, one of its busiest retail days of the year.

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Przewalski horses fly! Volga-Dnepr Group’s specialists organised the carriage of these rare horses onboard one of the Group’s Boeing 737-400SF freighters from Montpelier (France) to Orenburg (Russia) as part of a project to reintroduce the species to the Ural steppes.


Racing cars participating in the 62nd Macau Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the world, were delivered from Luxemburg to China by AirBridgeCargo Airlines in cooperation with JAS Worldwide Motorsport Logistics.


Volga-Dnepr Airlines completed its first-ever aerial cargo drop from an IL-76TD-90VD freighter.

The delivery saw 208 barrels of fuel for helicopters and small aircraft parachuted from a height of 500 metres through the aircraft’s open cargo door onto a remote airfield in the Antarctic.