In one of its biggest-ever air logistics projects, Volga-Dnepr Airlines has safely completed 88 cargo flights carrying over 6,000 tons of equipment in 103 days to supply the ExxonMobil-operated PNG LNG Project.
The airline's AN-124-100 aircraft operated all of the flights from Port Moresby Airport to the PNG LNG Project's newly constructed Komo Airfield. They carried equipment for the project's Hides Gas Conditioning Plant in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
With each component averaging 60 tons - including unique and oversized shipments requiring individual handling solutions - Volga-Dnepr's engineers created a special loading process to carefully place the equipment pieces into the cargo hold. Additional work was conducted to minimize empty weight of the aircraft, tooling and packaging equipment to maximize opportunities offered by the freighter's cargo capacity. For these flights, special loading equipment was developed and manufactured by Volga-Dnepr plus a special trailer was leased to simplify the cargo loading/offloading to reduce the need to use cranes. This reduced the time required to load and offload cargo. Volga-Dnepr also developed solutions to ensure the appropriate aircraft maintenance at Port Moresby airport during the 103 day project.
Dennis Gliznoutsa, Vice President, Development at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, said: "This project was complex and an interesting logistics challenge. Papua New Guinea is a country that has challenging climatic conditions, including highlands with frequent fog. We are proud to have successfully and safely completed this project by overcoming all difficulties and by once again demonstrating our expertise in the safe delivery of unique and outsize cargo."