Volga-Dnepr charters humanitarian relief to tsunami hit Sulawesi

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered generators and a water purification system to Indonesia to support the humanitarian mission dealing with the cataclysmic aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi Island at the end of September.

The flight was performed by one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ modernised IL-76TD-90VD freighters from Châlon Vatry Airport in France to the Indonesian city of Balikpapan on request of the Crisis Centre of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Following their arrival in Indonesia, the generators and water purification system – weighing 29 tonnes in total – will be transported to the worst-affected areas. The equipment will provide much-needed electricity and clean water for the local population.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has been supporting other humanitarian missions across the globe. At the beginning of September, it was also called upon to deliver 64 tonnes of food supplies and bottled water to Guam Island to help victims of Typhoon Mangkhut.

Volga-Dnepr executive president cargo charter operations, Konstantin Vekshin said: “Our unique fleet of 12 giant An-124-100 freighters and five modernized Il-76TD-90VD give us numerous possibilities while organizing charters for humanitarian missions.

“These aircraft are self-sufficient in remote locations or where local infrastructure has been damaged, provide both nose and rear ramp loading capabilities, and meet all ICAO requirements for international flight operations in compliance with the latest noise and emissions standards.”