Volga-Dnepr Airlines has seen a big increase in
shipments for the aerospace industry with 22 flights moving space
satellites over a 12-week period to the end of May.
One of its latest shipments was the Express AM6
Russian satellite from Krasnoyarsk in Russia to Baikonur,
Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch later this year.
Volga-Dneprís An-124-100 freighter carrying the 25-ton cargo also
transported support equipment for the satellite.
The satellite was protected by a high-tech
container to ensure and monitor its optimal cleanliness and
temperature during the transportation process. The two flights
operated in support of this shipment were on behalf of the JSC
Information Satellite Systems - Reshetnev Company. Volga-Dnepr has
previously delivered the Express AM6 telecommunications satellite
from Montreal to Krasnoyarsk.
On 20 May, a further eight satellites were
carried on a single IL-76TD-90VD cargo flight from the Czech city
of Pardubice to Yasnyi, the Russian spaceport. The satellites,
produced in the UK, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain, were
delivered on behalf of Air Charter Service, a longstanding
customer of Volga-Dnepr.
The satellites are scheduled to be launched
onboard a carrier rocket called ĎDneprí.
Andrei Rassadkin, Regional Sales Director of
Volga-Dnepr Airlines, said, ďFrom March to the end of May we
operated 22 satellite flights, including six flights in May
carrying a total of 14 satellites. Volga-Dnepr has over 23 years
of expertise in meeting the delicate and complex requirements of
aerospace customers and we see significant growth potential in the
industry based on our track record, client base and the technical
expertise and resources we can offer to customers to help them realise their most ambitious plans. Historically, the aerospace
industry is one of Volga-Dnepr Airlinesí most important areas of
expertise. This industry is fast-growing and dynamic and the
manufacture of space satellites is increasing as the number of
launches and spaceports being built increases.Ē
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