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SOCHI 2014



Volga-Dnepr Airlines delivered 40 tons of video broadcasting equipment to Sochi in its last flight supporting the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, which successfully took place in the Russian city this month.

The airline carried the equipment from Vatry in France onboard one of its IL-76TD- 90VD freighters. The shipment included display stations, projectors, power supplies and supporting equipment that was used

to broadcast the opening ceremony in Sochi’s new Fisht Olympic stadium.

Volga-Dnepr conducted the flight on behalf of logistics company Efis Air in France, part of ECS Group. “We would like to thank Volga-Dnepr’s team for this excellent job. Thanks to the professionalism of the airline’s experts the cargo was transported on a single flight to ensure the fastest and most economical delivery. The equipment has now been delivered to the stadium ready for installation to begin,” said Alain Boussard, General Director of Efis Air.


As part of the countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the Olympic flame was flown over city of Ulyanovsk onboard an An-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ freighter.

As part of the official torch relay programme, the Olympic flame was encased in a secured lantern and placed in the aircraft. While onboard, it was accompanied by an entourage of flame guardians together with a series of Volkswagen Amarok trucks that had been driven into the spacious hold of the world’s largest serial freighter.


To celebrate Volga-Dnepr’s seven years of involvement in the highly successful 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi, we offered our customers the chance to win a host of great prizes in a special Olympic competition.

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We are delighted to announce that the top prize of an 11-inch MacBook Air and laptop bag was won by Gustav Mundel of Air Charter Service.

Our other three winners were Dmitry Starkov of TNT, who will receive a Sochi 2014 sports bag, and Philipp Jakob of ProAir and Daniel Krude of Chapman Freeborn, who have both won a 2014 Winter Olympics backpack.

Congratulations to all of our winners. Thank you to everyone who took part – and look out for the next great Volga-Dnepr Group competition!

The giant Antonov 124 Ruslan freighter has been rightfully deemed a symbol of Ulyanovsk, where it first went into serial production back in 1986. This was the culmination of a large 10- year construction project to build the manufacturing plant for the aircraft that is known today as Aviastar-SP. A whole city district of aviators informally named ‘New Town’ with a population of over 140,000 grew next to the production line.

The flight was operated just two days after the AN-124-100 celebrated the 31st anniversary of its maiden flight. With its 36.5m long and 4.4m high cargo hold, the AN-124 is the best and practically the only choice to carry up to 36m long and 150-ton heavy one-piece cargo items by air around the globe. The aircraft has set 21 world records, including payload capacity (over 170 tons to 10,750m altitude) and range on a circular route (over 20,000 km).

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