AirBridgeCargo flies racing planes to Red Bull Air Race in Kazan


AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has moved two Red Bull Air Race planes from Budapest to Kazan for the next event of the series, taking place on 22-23 July.

The Zivko Edge 540 racing planes weigh 816 kilogrammes each but the technical equipment contained complex and valuable goods, which justified being transported by air using two Boeing 747-400 Freighters.

Wings were dismounted, aircraft fuselages tightly tied down, back-up engines on separate pallets and other items were flown from Hungary to Kazan on a four-hour flight to the historic city on the river Volga, which is the capital of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan.

The nose of the 747-400 can be opened, making it easier to load the racing planes into the cargo compartment.

Budapest Airport head of cargo, Jozsef Kossuth says: “The loading operation went surprisingly smoothly, Celebi Ground Handling staff really wrapped it up fast this time. As a result, it only took two days to move the complete ground and air equipment of the Red Bull Air Race from the Danube to the Volga.”