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A team of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ experts in Ulyanovsk, Russia, and London Stansted combined their expertise to expedite an urgent shipment of oil production equipment from Scotland to Turkey.

Moving the 35t cargo onboard one of its IL-76TD-90VD freighters took just three days from the initial customer enquiry to delivery of the shipment in Istanbul.

"After receiving an urgent customer request, our engineers in Ulyanovsk developed a load plan and multi-purpose shipping cradle to load the cargo of 19m pipes and the manufacturing of the cradle was organised by our Stansted team," said Huseyn Mammadli, logistics rxecutive, ELC, Volga-Dnepr Group.

"Whilst this was in progress, Volga-Dnepr’s Engineering and Logistics Center made all the arrangements to rent cranes for the loading, as well as a trailer to deliver the pipes to Prestwick Airport. Extra loading equipment was also delivered from Leipzig, Germany, especially for this flight.

"Despite a strong 20mph wind in Prestwick on the day of the loading, the technical crew of the aircraft completed the hardest part of the project by promptly building up the loading complex on the trailer and in the aircraft, fixing the pipes in the cradle and then lifting them into the cargo hold."

The oil production equipment was delivered on behalf of the DHL Global Forwarding company to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. It will be used in exploration and drilling projects looking for new oil and gas fields on the Black Sea shelf in Turkey.

For more information, please contact Volga-Dnepr.