March 19 - Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered the Russian telecommunications satellites Express AM7 and Express AM8 to the Baikonus Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan.

The satellites were flown from Toulouse in France to the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk using a special shipping container onboard an AN-124-100 freighter.

To keep the equipment safe, Volga-Dnepr ensured that the cargo hold was maintained at very specific pressure and temperature levels throughout the transport, while the flight was also operated at a lower altitude of 32,000 ft.

Special loading equipment was also developed by the airline to ensure safe loading and unloading of the valuable cargo.