Volga-Dnepr Group president Alexey Isaykin has been inducted to the International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) Hall of Fame.
Isaykin will be formally sworn in at TIACA’s Executive Summit and Annual General Meeting this May in Miami (US).
Isaykin has been President of Volga-Dnepr since 2002, during which time the organization has grown to a global group of more than 20 companies.
“Alexey is an inspiring individual who has made many great contributions to the air cargo industry, and we are pleased to be able to celebrate his work with this very deserving recognition,” says TIACA secretary general, Doug Brittin.
Isaykin graduated from the Irkutsk Institute of National Economy in 1976 before joining the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant as an Air Force economist with responsibility over aviation equipment.
During the late 1980s, Isaykin worked at the Ulyanovsk Aircraft Manufacturing Complex as an executive officer, managing the USSR Military Air Transportation Department contracts for AN-124 aircraft delivery.
In 1989, after having finished his military career, Isaykin headed a group of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts whose aim was to establish a new private air cargo company – Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
The company was the first private cargo airline in Russia and the first joint stock company in the Ulyanovsk region.
Between 1990 and 2002, Isaykin acted as the chairman of the board, executive director, and general director of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, before becoming president.
Isaykin is actively involved in public work to strengthen the prestige of the Russian civil aviation industry both inside the country and globally, with his work having been honored by international, national government and industry awards and medals.
The TIACA Hall of Fame honors air cargo professionals who have played a role in the progress of aviation and have helped to shape and grow the industry.
Past winners have included James ‘Jim’ Jackson, a driving force behind the standardization of Aircraft Unit Load Devices (ULD), and Sir Peter Masefield, the former managing director of British European Airways and Chairman of the British Airports Authority and London Transport.
“This is a great honour and I am very pleased to be recognized alongside so many outstanding individuals who have played a key role in shaping the aviation industry, like Oleg Antonov, the truly visionary of the industry, whose aircraft is the essential part of the global market and help customers from all over the world to deliver any kind of cargo in due time and place,” says Isaykin.
He adds: “Our industry plays a crucial role in the world today and being a part of the air cargo community has been a privilege.”
Isaykin will be formally inducted to the Hall of Fame at TIACA’s Executive Summit, taking place from 2-26 May in Hollywood Beach, Florida, US at the Margaritaville Resort.