Volga-Dnepr Airlines has successfully completed the first delivery of satellites for OneWeb constellation project to enhance global internet coverage.
In cooperation with its partner Bollore Logistics, one of the airline’s AN-124-100s delivered six satellites from their manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France to Cayenne in French Guiana.
The satellites were transported in two special containers with an overall payload of around 30 tonnes.
Volga-Dnepr organised a direct charter flight to French Guiana, with OneWeb’s equipment being delivered to its final destination in Kourou.
The first satellite launch is scheduled for the middle of February, with the satellites operating in the near-polar, 1,200 kilometre LEO orbit.
Axel Kalschmidt, global director aerospace of Volga-Dnepr Group says: “As an air cargo operator, we understand all too well how important stable internet access is, with customers relying on real-time cargo shipment data, airline specialists communicating through internet systems to guarantee cost-effective and timely deliveries, and innovative technologies being facilitated through the development of internet solutions. We are, therefore, especially honoured to be part of the OneWeb constellation project, which will enhance the quality of life for customers globally.”