May 30 - Volga-Dnepr Airlines has operated its first flight for Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) organisation, transporting the SaudiSat-4 satellite to its launch site in Orsk, Russia.

The flight was operated onboard one of the airline's IL-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft from Riyadh with an intermediate stop at Ulyanovsk, where the cargo passed through the required Customs procedures.

The delivery was operated on behalf of the KACST organisation which is responsible for the promotion of science and technology in Saudi Arabia.

Faisal Alaqeel, project manager at KACST, accompanied the satellite on its journey to the Yasny Spaceport onboard the IL-76TD-90VD aircraft.

The precision navigation satellite system is due to be launched this summer and will conduct scientific experiments.