Sonique performs live inside Boeing 747F to celebrate Volga-Dnepr’s anniversary
British singer, musician and DJ Sonique recently performed live on the main deck of an AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-8 freighter to celebrate Volga-Dnepr’s 30th anniversary and to honour frontline air cargo personnel in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Singing live with a great acoustic guitarist at 9 o’clock in the morning is not really what I like to do unless it’s on an empty cargo plane that helped save many lives during the Covid pandemic sending medical supplies all over the world. I could not say no. Happy 30th birthday @airbridgecargoairlines and thanks for the tour,” Sonique Clark wrote on her social media (Facebook and Instagram) pages after performing “Sky”, one of her best singles from the album “Hear My Cry”.
Volga-Dnepr was founded in August 1990 and in the following year, its first aircraft, Antonov An-124 Ruslan, began commercial operation for the Moscow-based all cargo carrier. Today, 30 years later, Volga-Dnepr Group is the “cargo supermarket” operating some of the best and the biggest freighter aircraft of Boeing and Antonov make serving the global air freight demand.
Under the group, Volga-Dnepr Airlines operates a fleet of Ilyushin and Antonov freighter aircraft while AirBridgeCargo Airlines, created in 2004, operates a fleet of modern Boeing freighters like B747-8F, B747-400F and a brand new B777F that was inducted into its fleet recently. Atran Airlines, the third airline in the group, acquired in 2011, operates Boeing 737 freighters for cargo delivery over short and medium distances.
Sonique with the AirBridgeCargo Airlines crew inside the B 747-8 freighter
With the pandemic and the lockdown that followed across the world, belly capacity on passenger aircraft depleted rapidly giving rise to huge demand for main deck capacity. As a result, the freighters from Volga-Dnepr group airlines have been flying around the world to deliver critical Covid-19 supplies that included PPEs and healthcare products. As the group completes 30 years this year amidst the pandemic, Volga-Dnepr decided to celebrate the value of air cargo for the world and increase the “air cargo brand awareness” in the world.
This is when, according to an official Volga-Dnepr spokesperson, the group decided on the idea of filming a live performance onboard one of its Boeing 747-8Fs, the biggest freighter aircraft that became the symbol and hero of transporting essential supplies across the continents right through the pandemic.
“We approached one of the famous UK singers Sonique Clark whose top chart single "I want to touch the sky" appealed to our concept and vision. She responded almost immediately with her willingness to participate and this is how we ended up with filming in East Midlands on the August hot day, capturing probably the best performance in aviation history,” said the spokesperson.
On the main deck of the freighter parked at East Midlands Airport in England Sonique was joined by Rick Ahir on the guitar for the live performance and recording. The five-minute long video opens with the visuals of the big bird taxiing to the apron and Sonique walking up the stairs to be greeted by the crew on the main deck. She takes a walk around the upper deck and thanks everyone before singing “I want to touch the sky I want to fly so high….”. The video is mixed with visuals of her sitting with the captain in the cockpit, around the aircraft on the tarmac and the take off.
Later Volga-Dnepr included the film into their 30th-anniversary celebration, which was virtual and had more than 4,000 Volga-Dnepr Group personnel joining from different countries.