February 7 - Volga-Dnepr Group has completed its role in helping the 2014 Winter Olympic Games get off to a flying start by delivering over 1,800 tonnes of air cargo to Sochi over the last 12 months.

Volga-Dnepr has flown broadcast, lighting and sports equipment into Russia in preparation for the games.

Volga-Dnepr's customers took advantage of the group's 'cargo supermarket' service offering, combining the most suitable and cost efficient aircraft and logistics solutions for each delivery, using either Volga-Dnepr's air charter or scheduled cargo services.

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is the only Russian-appointed air cargo carrier on the Europe-to-Sochi route and this, together with Volga-Dnepr's 'cargo supermarket' concept, has enabled the group to meet the increased demand for cargo capacity and provide customers with direct access by air to Sochi.

By the beginning of 2014, Volga-Dnepr had performed over 30 charter flights to Sochi onboard Boeing 747, Boeing 737, AN-124-100, IL-76TD-90VD and AN-12 freighters.

Volga-Dnepr's participation in the Sochi games dates back to July 2007, when the airline transported a 63-tonne ice rink which featured in the city's final bid presentation to the International Olympic Committee in Guatemala.

"Transportation of this unique equipment, which contributed to the success of Sochi's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, will go down in Volga-Dnepr Airlines' history," said Dennis Gliznoutsa, vice president of development at Volga-Dnepr Airlines.