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Antonov drops in for quick show and tell Volga-Dnepr took time out from flying charter freight and humanitarian aid by dropping into ILA

05/30/2008

Antonov drops in for quick show and tell Volga-Dnepr took time out from flying charter freight and humanitarian aid by dropping into ILA with one of its Antonov AN-124-100-150 Ruslans yesterday.

Managing director Valery Gabriel was taking part in the European Air Transport Congress in Hall 6 and used dhe Ruslan to highlight its capability to attendees.

"There is a growing demand for this sort of aircraft," says Gabriel. "It was designed primarily to be a military aircraft, but the -100 means it is certified for civil use. This is an aircraft that can fly anywhere in the world. And it has a 150-tonne payload capacity too." To further showcase its load capacity and highlight its ability, an airport fire engine was driven into the cargo hold.

Together with Antonov Airlines, Volga-Dnepr bases two Ruslans at Leipzig to cover the basic SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution) requirement.

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