Managing Company was established in 2001. It is responsible for adherence to the highest standard of management, for consolidation of intellectual, finance and information resources, and ensuring economic security. The Managing Company prepares development strategy for Volga-Dnepr Group in general and is in charge of its implementation. It also oversees financial and economic performance of the Group
Volga-Dnepr Airlines operates charter freight services within the Group. Established in 1990 in Ulyanovsk, it was the first private airfreight company in Russia with a unique business model of providing commercial operations using An-124-100 „Ruslan” freighters. By introducing Ruslan freighters into the civil (non-military) market, Volga-Dnepr Airlines established a new international market segment for non-standard (outsize and heavy) cargo transportation. Nowadays, Volga-Dnepr Airlines is the world’s leader in this field and the largest An-124 operator.
Its fleet includes twelve An-124-100 Ruslans and five modernized IL-76TD-90VD freighters. This new version complies with the existing and future noise and emission requirements introduced by ICAO and has approval for worldwide operations without limitations. The new IL-76TD-90VDs were built at Tashkent-based TAPO aircraft factory from 2006 to 2010.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ customer list includes many of the world’s largest industrial corporations such as Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, Airbus, Alcatel, Astrium, Bombardier, British Petroleum, Exxon Mobil, British Aerospace, General Electric, Bedford Group, Ericsson Air Crane, and Starsem. The company takes an active part in providing support to peacekeeping and humanitarian missions by international governmental organizations worldwide.
From 2002, Volga-Dnepr Airlines has implemented a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2000 international standard. In 2007, Volga-Dnepr Airlines was the first Russian airfreight company to pass the IOSA audit for compliance with new IATA standards. Every two years, the Company resumes its IOSA registration.
In 2008, Engineering Logistics Center was established at VD UK to consolidate service range of the Group and offer a full range of logistics services including multimodal deliveries and specialized outsize and heavy freight logistics.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines is a member to International Air Transport Association (IATA) and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). The company has been certified to service all stages of the full production cycle ranging from training flight crews and carrying out international flights to conducting all types of aircraft maintenance. Company’s maintenance standards have been approved by US, British and Canadian aviation authorities.
In 2009, Volga-Dnepr Airlines won the highest award ‘Best Cargo Charter Airline’ of the Baltic Air Charter Association at its BACA Excellence Awards. In March 2010, following the results of the annual survey by Air Cargo World Magazine, the company received its Air Cargo Award of Excellence in Air Carrier category. In April 2013, for the seventh time, the Airline won Wings of Russia Award in nomination „Airline of the Year — International and Domestic Freight Carrier”, while in May, Volga-Dnepr was voted the silver medalist in „High-Efficiency Russia-Based Organization” Federal Contest in nomination „Healthy Way of Life at Industrial Organizations”.
Airline’s offices are located in the UK (Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd, Stansted), United States (Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo Inc., Houston, TX), Ireland (Volga-Dnepr Airlines Ireland Ltd., Shannon), China (Volga-Dnepr China, Beijing and Shanghai)
Volga-Dnepr Airlines' services were chosen following an international tender for air transportation support of anti-terrorist, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. At present, 17 Western European countries and Canada participate in the SALIS project (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution). In October 2006, a modern maintenance base for the An-124-100 transport aircraft was established in Leipzig, Germany, to support the SALIS project and ensure the contract terms for service and reliability are consistently fulfilled.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines fulfils the requirements of its SALIS contract through Ruslan SALIS GmbH, which it registered in 2004 in Leipzig, Germany.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), a scheduled air freight carrier, was established in 2004. ABC was the first Russia-based company to start operations of Boeing B747 family freighters. To date, AirBridgeCargo’s fleet includes fourteen B747s (five -400ERFs, three -400Fs, and six -8Fs). Among the Company’s key customers are the worldwide leading freight forwarders such as Panalpina, DHL, CITS, Nippon Express, CEVA, UTi, Schenker, Dachser, UCS, and Hellmann.
AirBridgeCargo operates scheduled flights on routes Europe — Russia — Asia — USA using B747 fleet of aircraft. Its route network includes 23 destinations in 11 countries. ABC operates scheduled flights from the largest cities in Asia — Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Zhengzhou, Tokyo and Seoul — to key European hubs — Frankfurt and Amsterdam, and also from Moscow to Chicago via Amsterdam, and Dallas via Schiphol.
Presently, ABC route network in Europe includes Frankfurt, Munich, Leipzig, Amsterdam, Malmo, Сарагосу, Milan, Paris, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, in Central Asia, Almaty, Atyrau, and in USA, Chicago and Dallas.
While AirBridgeCargo’s head office is in Moscow, the Company has representative offices in 16 locations worldwide. Also, the Company has an extensive General Agent network in Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and Pacific Region, consisting of 37 companies.
Services on strategic routes are operated via Moscow using two key airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo.
AirBridgeCargo has taken an active part in establishing a hub at Sheremetyevo airport. Hub operations enable ABC to reallocate freight among various flights and have allowed the airline to improve its business model through transition from linehaul to network services. This has significantly expanded the Company’s range of services. Expertise gained from establishing hub operations at Sheremetyevo airport will help the Company to further implement its network service model while establishing new freight hubs in Russia.
Atran Airlines was established in 1942, and is among the oldest Russia-based air freight carriers. In 2011, the Airline joined Volga-Dnepr Group.
Presently, Atran’s fleet includes two B737-400SFs intended for short- and medium-haul airways. The airplanes are based at Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo and operate five scheduled weekly frequencies on routes Vnukovo — Cologne — Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo — Munich — Liege — Munich / Malmo — Sheremetyevo.
Atran Airlines plays the leading role in one of Volga-Dnepr’s key projects, Feeder/Distribution Services. Company’s joining Volga-Dnepr Group allowed to expand service range offered to Volga-Dnepr customers and became the next step towards implementation of Cargo Supermarket strategy.
Volga-Dnepr Technics is a supplier of maintenance and repair services for both Russia- and foreign-built aircraft. This business was established in 2008 at the existing and new maintenance and repair bases to ensure centralization and coordination of maintenance operations by the Group and improve service quality.
In Russian Federation, Volga-Dnper Technics Moscow and Volga-Dnepr Technics Ulyanovsk operate in the following three cities:
In Europe, Volga-Dnepr Technics GmbH provides services at two airports in Germany:
In United Arab Emirates, Volga-Dnepr Gulf provides services at two airports:
Volga-Dnepr Technics’ complex objective is to expand the range of aircraft included on the company’s maintenance and repair certificate and broaden service range and customer base. Volga-Dnepr Technics’ partners include both Russia-based and international airlines.
To consolidate the organizational and finance resources needed to implement the extensive IL-76 modernization programme, Volga-Dnepr-Leasing was established within the Group in 2004. Owing to the Company’s consistent efforts, Volga-Dnepr Airlines added up five new IL-76ТD-90VD freighters to its fleet, built at the Tashkent-based ТАPО aircraft factory.
The modernized IL-76ТD-90VD is compliant with all current and perspective ICAO requirements and has been approved for worldwide flight operations without any limitations, At present, the new airplanes operate to locations in Western Europe, North America, Australia and Japan which were previously banned for IL-76 operations.
The Ilyushin IL-76 large ramp transport aircraft is the only existing civil freighter in the range of 30 to 50 ton payload capable of carrying outsize cargo to virtually any airport in the world. Over 20 years of operations, this commercial airplane type has been in high demand. The airplane can operate to over 40% of the existing airports worldwide. The extensive modernization programme implemented by Volga-Dnepr Group has extended the operating life of the IL-76 by more than 25 years and reestablished its justified place in the global market.
The Company was established in 1997, initially as a Trucking Division of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, to ensure door-to-door freight deliveries. Volga-Trucks is a Full Member to the International Road Transport Convention and a holder of a license for all types of transportation, the All-Russia Bonded Carrier license, which enables it to conduct freight carriage under internal customs transit procedures. Volga-Trucks transports liquid food payloads in truck tankers as well as general goods in isothermal and tented trailers, and refrigerators. Volga-Trucks’ operating network covers the Northern and Southern parts of Russia. Its fleet consists of 33 foreign-made trucks with capacity range from 1.5 to 22 tons.
From 1995, NIC has been among the largest and fastest growing insurance companies in the Privolzhski Federal Territory. The Company provides insurance coverage for major aviation risks to Volga-Dnepr Group. Its considerable potential is supported by an effective reinsurance system based on close cooperation with leading foreign insurance companies. NIC has also been successful in developing non-aviation types of insurance in the interests of Volga-Dnepr Group and its personnel, i.e. voluntary medical insurance, accident insurance, insurance of motor transport, property and liability. This also includes life insurance, additional pension insurance, and accident insurance covered by NIC-Life, an affiliate to NIC.
To provide company personnel and Ulyanovsk citizens with general or special-purpose English training, in 1994, a new training centre was established within the Group — Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ International Training Division. In 2004, the facility received the Aviation Training Centre and was issued with an Extended Education License. Volga-Dnepr International Training is now viewed as one of the best training companies in the industry.
Currently, Volga-Dnepr IT provides education services using 52 professional training programmes for flight and technical personnel of the Group and also other companies in the industry. In addition it offers 80 language training programmes for English, French and German languages. ATC provides training for Instructor Pilots of the Group and tutors from other training facilities across Russia and makes arrangements for hands-on language training in foreign states.
VD Group Corporate University has been established based on Volga-Dnepr International Training.