Over-sized and super-heavy cargo carrier, Volga-Dnepr Group, opens an Operations Base at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with a dedicated AN-124-100 freighter and technical support teams stationed at the airport.
Focusing on customers in North and South America to give them what Volga-Dnepr says will be faster and more economic access to the carrier’s range of delivery solutions, the carrier is building on its sales office which it established in Houston nearly 17 years ago.
Volga-Dnepr says the move will ensure the airline’s customers in the Americas, including its longstanding and major clients in the oil and gas, heavy machinery, energy and aerospace sectors, will now benefit from immediate local expertise and services which meet all of their specialist logistics requirements.
Konstantin Vekshin, executive president, Charter Cargo Operations of Volga-Dnepr Group, comments: “With the inauguration of the new Operations Base, the Group will dedicate one of its 12 Antonov An-124-100 freighter aircraft as well as crews, technical support teams and special loading equipment for unique cargoes to the Houston facility.
“The Base will be staffed by load planning engineers and loadmasters, operations, navigation and ground handling specialists, and provide unique and specialised on-site engineering and delivery solutions to enable the safe and secure transportation of heavy and outsize cargoes.
“The commitment brings us even closer to our customers geographically and enhances our ability to provide special ‘out of the box’ solutions which make our customers’ lives easier,” Vekshin adds.
Commenting on the establishment of the base, Houston Aviation director Mario Diaz says: “The addition of Volga-Dnepr Group’s new operations base is yet another step fostering future growth in cargo operations at Bush Airport.
“Houston Airports remains committed to developing and improving intermodal connectivity, and new service offerings such as Volga-Dnepr’s operations base help us achieve our mission by further connecting the people, business, cultures, and economies of the world to Houston.”