June 22, 2016: Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ An-124-100 freighter transported a 35-metre telescopic crane bridge to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Nanjing in China on behalf of Kuehne + Nagel.
The flight, organised under the Ruslan International An-124 joint venture between Antonov Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Airlines, carried the 40-tonne shipment. The bridge will be used by some 500 oil workers to access their offshore accommodation rig.
The fifth generation ramp loading system was designed and manufactured by engineers at Volga-Dnepr. This was the first time it had been used to load an actual cargo.
Specialists in Volga-Dnepr’s Cargo Planning Department developed the technology in a short timescale and delivered the system to China having approved the technical aspects of the system with the shipper and consignee as well as the loading and unloading plans in China and Brazil respectively.
The flight has subsequently enabled Volga-Dnepr’s engineers to update the operations manual for the loading equipment based on the experience gained from moving the bridge. This includes data for the time required to assemble and breakdown the equipment which will be used for the future transportation of other long and outsized cargoes.