Volga-Dnepr transports Olympics equipment
Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered the first consignment of tunnelling equipment to the Russian city of Sochi, which will be used for the construction of ground transport infrastructure in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Weighing a hefty 94 tonnes, the outsize cargo was airfreighted from Novosibirsk to Sochi Airport onboard one of the airline’s AN-124-100 freighters on behalf of OAO Bamtonnelstroy, a railway and road tunnel construction specialist and a contractor to OAO Russian Railways for the 2014 Olympics Project. A second consignment is scheduled for delivery on 13th March.
“Volga-Dnepr has regularly participated in the implementation of projects run by the government and we are extremely proud to be making an important contribution to what will be another important event in Russia’s history,” commented Sergey Dyachkov, vice president of operations, Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
In June 2007, Volga-Dnepr Airlines carried a 63 tonnes ice skating rink being used as part of Sochi’s bid to win the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to Guatemala, where the International Olympic Committee was meeting to choose a host city for the 2014 Games. The rink formed the main arena for Russia’s final presentation to the Committee.