Volga-Dnepr flies humanitarian aid to Sulawesi

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Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered 29 tonnes of aid to Indonesia to support the humanitarian mission following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi.

The flight was performed using an IL-76TD-90VD from Chalon Vatry Airport in France to Balikpapan on request of the Crisis Centre of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Following arrival in Indonesia, the generators and water purification system will be transported to the worst affected areas to provide electricity and clean water to the local population.

Volga-Dnepr executive president of cargo charter operations, Konstantin Vekshin says the fleet of 12 Antonov AN-124-100s and five modernised IL-76TD-90VDs gives Volga-Dnepr numerous possibilities while organising charters for humanitarian missions.

He says: “With its expertise and experience in operating charter flights, Volga-Dnepr is always among the first responders to support victims of natural disasters, allowing emergency relief management agencies and governmental organisations all over the world to deliver critically-needed cargo and supplies in what is always a significant race against time.”

Volga-Dnepr has been involved in numerous humanitarian relief missions over the years including hurricanes Katrina and Irma, the Chaiten volcano eruption in Chile, earthquakes in Haiti, Turkey, India, Japan and China to name a few.