May 19 - Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered 11 generators onboard a series of six An-124-100 freighter flights from Mauritius to Antananarivo, Madagascar on behalf of Kupa Proje Tasimacilik Ve Lojistik, a Turkish freight forwarder.
Volga-Dnepr's cargo planning specialists worked with ALE to develop a delivery programme, which enabled two generators, each weighing 57 tonnes, to be carried onboard the An-124-100 at a time.
Vladimir Bykov, head of Volga-Dnepr's cargo planning center, said: "In Mauritius, we loaded the generators into the aircraft using an external crane, while in Madagascar the cargo was unloaded directly to trailers to save time and money for the customer. We were able to complete these tasks using loading/unloading technology that was first tested by the airline's specialists for the delivery of oil equipment to Colombia in 1996."
The delivery of the generators will boost the capacity of the existing power plant in Antananarivo to 120 MW, a project undertaken by Aska Energy.