April 4 - Volga-Dnepr Airlines has once again supported the hosts of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia - this time with the delivery of 93 tonnes of outside broadcasting equipment.
The Games organisers are well advanced with their planning and Volga-Dnepr has been an active participant in the programme with previous air cargo deliveries to support the initial bid process through to transportation construction equipment for the Olympic site's infrastructure.
The latest project for Volga-Dnepr involved two AN-124-100 freighter flights delivering media communications and broadcasting equipment from Moscow for the ANO Sports Broadcasting Company to cover the Russian Cup and European Cup skiing competitions.
The skiing events provided an ideal 'field test' for broadcasters that will be covering the 2014 Games. A team of 150 specialists are advising the media of the technological challenges of working in such an uneven terrain, such as the installation of camera supports ranging from two to 10 metres in height and weighing up to 30 tonnes.
In support of the broadcast project, Volga-Dnepr transported eight special vehicles to Sochi, including two equipped with transmitter-receivers. The flights were conducted to strict timelines and had to be performed within 24 hours. Volga-Dnepr also supplied special equipment for loading and offloading.