November 23 - Quick-response global air logistics solutions in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters were top of the agenda when senior executives from Russia's Volga-Dnepr Group met with politicians and business community leaders at the Asia-Pa

The APEC CEO Summit is one of Asia-Pacific's premier business events and draws an audience of thousands of economic and business leaders from around the region and beyond. The 2011 CEO Summit enabled delegates to engage in dialogue with global leaders and ministers of foreign affairs and trade and to develop new business opportunities through networking with CEOs from hundreds of top Asia-Pacific companies. 

The Volga-Dnepr delegation met with politicians and business community representatives to discuss the region's humanitarian response to natural and man-made disasters and the vital role air cargo plays in helping to save lives and restore critical infrastructure such as clean water supplies, temporary housing and electricity. 

Volga-Dnepr has worked with governments, businesses and charities for over 20 years delivering relief aid across the globe. Earlier this year it completed a series of flights to Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Its fleet of AN-124-100 freighters delivered search and rescue vehicles, mobile telecommunications equipment and giant water pumps to help cool the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. 

This quick response concept developed by Volga-Dnepr Group is based on its 20-year-long experience in supporting disaster relief efforts using a fleet of multi-purpose cargo aircraft. It combines the unique technical capabilities the Group has developed, its AN-124 and IL-76TD-90VD ramp loading fleet and Boeing 747 freighters, and the expertise of its people in supporting the objectives of international relief agencies and governments. 

Volga-Dnepr Group representatives also took part in an interactive symposium on supply chain development. This focused on supply chain adaptation to global shifts in production and consumption, new approaches to supply chain management, and the prospects for APEC countries to improve their supply chain connectivity.