ENGINEERING & LOGISTICS CENTRE
Aircraft wings for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner have been transported from Japan to Boeing’s final assembly factory in Everett, USA, onboard one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ An-124- 100 ‘Ruslan’ freighters.
The flight from Nagoya carried two wing boxes, each measuring 28 metres in length and manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan).
To accomplish the secure and timely delivery of this special shipment, an international team from Volga-Dnepr Airlines in Russia and the UK, the Boeing Corporation in the United States, and Germany’s Broetje Automation GmbH created unique loading accessories and
equipment to ensure safe handling and transportation of this non-standard cargo to its final destination. The loading system was designed using the CATIA three-dimensional modelling system which enabled Volga-Dnepr to demonstrate the unprecedented technical capabilities of the An-124.
The logistics process for the flight was co-ordinated by Volga-Dnepr’s Engineering and Logistics Centre (ELC). Its experts carried out all of the detailed preliminary work and ensured all contractual obligations were met. The success of the first flight carrying 787 wing boxes was also down to the excellent project co-operation with experts from Boeing and Mitsubishi in support of the 787 Dreamliner’s production schedule.
Vladimir Vyshemirsky of Volga-Dnepr’s Engineering and Logistics Center said: “Today, building aircraft for the future combines bringing
together global excellence in aircraft component production, engineering and logistics and we are very proud to be part of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner programme. The aircraft wing, for example, is manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan), the fuselage and empennage sections were manufactured in Italy, while Boeing’s final assembly factory is based in Everett, USA.
“Obviously, such a comprehensive manufacturing process requires a perfect logistics supply chain. To be able to transport B787 aircraft components
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