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As the Russian city of Sochi celebrated its successful hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Volga-Dnepr Group completed seven years of support for the world’s top winter sporting event, during which time it has transported over 1,800 tons of broadcast, lighting, and sports equipment.

Customers took advantage of the Group’s ‘cargo supermarket’ service offering, combining the most suitable and cost efficient aircraft and logistics solutions for each delivery, using either Volga-Dnepr Group’s air charter or scheduled cargo services.

“Usually the majority of freight shipments for Sochi are transported to Moscow and then trucked to Sochi but this involves long transit times. In the case of a major global event like the Olympic Games, no such delays were acceptable. Customers want the speed and reliability only air cargo can provide. Volga-Dnepr Group’s cargo delivery programme to Sochi highlighted the value of our ‘cargo supermarket’

transport and logistics capability as well as our expertise in the Russian market,” said Denis Ilin, Executive President of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

ABC is the only Russian appointed air cargo carrier on the Europe-to-Sochi route, and this together with Volga-Dnepr’s ‘cargo supermarket’ concept has enabled the Group to step in to meet the increased demand for cargo capacity and provide customers with direct access by air to Sochi. Overall, by the beginning of 2014, Volga-Dnepr Group performed over 30 charter flights to Sochi on board Boeing 747, Boeing 737, AN-124-100, IL-76TD- 90VD and AN-12 freighters. This included transporting the Olympic Flame in December onboard the legendary AN-124-100.

However, in fact Volga-Dnepr Group’s participation in the games began in July 2007, when the International Olympic Committee gathered in Guatemala to decide which city would be chosen to host the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in 2014, Volga-Dnepr Airlines transported a 63-ton ice rink which featured in Sochi’s final bid presentation.

“Transportation of this unique equipment,

which to a large extent contributed to the triumph of the Russian bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, will go down in Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ history and as part of Russia’s grand victory,” commented Dennis Gliznoutsa, Vice President, Development, Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

In 2009, Volga-Dnepr was once again called into action to support Sochi’s transport infrastructure works for the Olympics, moving 94 tons of tunneling equipment to the Russian city. In 2011, telecommunications equipment was delivered for a trial broadcast of a skiing competition and last year Volga-Dnepr carried transformers and several mobile gas turbine power plants to Sochi to provide reserve electrical energy during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

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