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Turning on the gas

[ February 20, 2017   //   ]

Volga-Dnepr Airlines recently used a series of An-124-100 and IL-76TD-90VD charter flights, along with the scheduled Boeing 747 freighter services run by its sister airline, AirBridgeCargo (ABC), to help Deugro Airfreight deliver equipment for a new liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia.

The first flight carried 46 pieces weighing 29 tons, followed three weeks later by a second transport with another 31 pieces totaling 17 tons. In November, more equipment destined for the LNG plant was carried on board AirBridgeCargo’s scheduled 747 freighter services from Singapore to Frankfurt and from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Amsterdam, from where the shipments continued their journey by sea. The most recent flights included an IL-76TD-90VD out of Liege and an An-124-100 out of Dalian, China, both at the end of January 2017, to deliver more vital equipment destined for the LNG plant in Sabetta, Russia.

Deugro, which was awarded part of the logistics program for the Yamal project, has already shipped over 700,000 tons of cargo to module yards in China and the project site in Russia. In addition to organizing various air charters it has operated 16 sea voyages to the remote, ice-bound port of Sabetta through the Northern Sea Route.

More flights are planned for 2017 using the Volga-Dnepr Group fleet.

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