Volga-Dnepr operates An-124 charter loaded with bottle-filling equipment

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has organised and operated a charter flight for LS International Cargo – delivering a Krones bottle-filling machine and additional equipment onboard its An-124-100 freighter.

The cargo was loaded in Munich, where Krones’ nearest production facility in Germany is located, to be delivered to Entebbe, Uganda, for Crown Beverages Limited, a leading soft drinks bottler in Uganda.

The new machinery aims to boost its production facilities and production volumes to guarantee smooth distribution across Uganda and East Africa.

On the day of the flight, the machinery was loaded into the An-124-100 using special loading equipment and successfully delivered to Entebbe International Airport.

Volga-Dnepr commercial manager, Ekaterina Andreeva said: “This project allowed us to showcase our expertise and experience in the provision of dedicated services for the energy and heavy machinery industries.

“The ideal location of our regional operational base in Leipzig, Germany, with available operations personnel and essential loading equipment, made it possible to save time while organizing on-site visits to Munich for cargo inspection.

“Accessibility of the airplane at our local operational base in Germany made the costs for positioning the aircraft minimal and the charter flight attractive for our customer price-wise.”

In 2017, Volga-Dnepr saw a 21 per cent upsurge in tonnage and a 28 per cent increase in charter flights operated for energy and heavy machinery customers, delivering different types of out-of-gauge equipment to guarantee operations or for the implementation of production facilities in developed and emerging countries of the world.