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Volga-Dnepr aircraft deliver outsize cargoes

04/02/2008

Volga-Dnepr's AN-124 cargo aircraft have delivered 170 tonnes of outsize and heavy cargo for two major coal mining projects.

DHL Global Forwarding called on Volga-Dnepr to transport a 65 tonne engine for a giant Komatsu PC3000 excavator used for coal mining. The flight from St Petersburg to Kemerovo in Siberia was part of a 1,000 tonne logistics project managed by DHL. The rest of the cargo was transported by rail.

On behalf of another customer, Volga-Dnepr also moved 105 tonnes of parts for heavy excavation equipment needed for a coal mine in Yakutia in northern Russia.

Due to its huge size, the excavator, manufactured in Germany for the Russian company Yikutugol, was delivered to Yakutia in parts. It arrived in St Petersburg by sea and then the two main pieces were loaded on board an AN-124-100 freighter at Pulkovo Airport for the eight-hour transit to Yakutia. Special loading equipment was required to place the 105 tonnes cargo into the aircraft.

The shipment was so big it occupied virtually the whole AN-124 cargo cabin.

Dennis Gliznoutsa, the airline's commercial director, said: "We are regularly called upon to provide deliveries of this kind for the mining industry all over the world."

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