December 10 - Two IL-76TD-90VD freighters operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines have safely delivered highly-sensitive Express AM5 and Express AM6 satellites from Montreal in Canada, to Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

The container used to move the satellites was equipped with a special temperature control system to ensure the satellites were protected throughout the transportation process.

Following completion of the first IL-76TD-90VD flight, Volga-Dnepr organised the logistics to move the special satellite container back to Canada to prepare the second satellite for its delivery to Russia.

In support of the customer's request, Volga-Dnepr arranged for the container to be trucked to St Petersburg, from where it continued its journey to Canada by sea transport.

Despite the severe weather conditions caused by Superstorm Sandy raging along the coast of North America and low visibility in Krasnoyarsk during the second flight, the transportation project was successfully and safely completed.

Weighing more than eight tons each, Express AM5 and Express AM6 satellites of the Russian and Canadian joint production will be used in Russia for multi-programme digital television and radio broadcasting. The launch of the satellites is scheduled for 2013.