Volga-Dnepr Airlines has supported the construction of a 32-turbine renewable energy wind farm in Australia with the timely delivery of 80 tonnes of energy equipment from Cologne-Bonn, Germany, for its longstanding partner, General Electric.
The size of the iconic Antonov 124-100 cargo hold, 36×6.4×4.4 m, allowed the 4.0 metre long, 36 tonne wind turbine hub and three 12.6 tonne generators to be seamlessly positioned inside the airplane using the freighter’s own loading system and the external crane.
Volga-Dnepr says its in-house professionals were able to efficiently expedite the shipment on the whole route organising road transport to Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany and then to the constructing location near Hallett in the Mid-North region of South Australia after its arrival to Adelaide.
Ekaterina Andreeva, deputy commercial director of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, says: “This delivery is a very good example of how the long-term cooperation and permanent dialogue can result in saving time and money for our customer.
“Working closely with Volga-Dnepr’s longstanding partner GE, we could combine the urgent shipment of the wind turbine hub needed for the replacement and the transportation of three generators for new installations at the wind farm according to the project schedule.
“Our three-decade knowledge and expertise, ability to move the entire load on a single An-124-100 flight and fast road transport solutions in Germany and Australia helped us to halve the typical end-to-end transit time for a delivery like this. This demonstrates our commitment to always meeting our customers’ needs and providing value-added services when required.”
Volga-Dnepr Airlines is a longstanding transportation partner of the Energy & Power industry. Since 1990, its unique fleet of An-124-100 and IL-76TD-90VD freighters has enabled customers to ship over 10,000 tonnes of project cargoes annually such as generator rotors, gas and steam turbine rotors, containerised power generating units, transformers and switchgear to various destinations across the globe including remote parts of the world.