Friday, June 7, 2013

Heavy Air Freight Carrier Wins Social Accolade and Agrees to Deploy New Cargo Aircraft

Another Good Month for Russian Based Airline
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RUSSIA – FRANCE – GERMANY - At the 2013 Air Cargo Europe Conference and Exhibition, which took place in Munich (June 4-7), specialist heavy freight carrier, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, reached an agreement with Paris-Vatry Airport to base up to three of its new IL-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft at the airport to meet growing demand for quiet and environment-friendly air charter operations. The new agreement will see the aircraft deployed in Paris with immediate effect.

Volga-Dnepr has invested over US$100 million in a fleet of five new generation IL-76TD-90VD cargo aircraft. With increased payload and range, greater fuel and operating efficiencies and lower noise and emissions than old versions of the IL-76, Volga-Dnepr’s aircraft are approved for global services by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) having complied with all of ICAO’s current and prospective operating standards. This enables Volga-Dnepr’s fleet to service major markets around the world which banned old versions of the IL-76 in 2000, including Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. Dmitry Grishin, Sales Director at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, commented:

“Vatry has an excellent central location that is within easy reach of customers across Europe. By committing to a visible presence at Vatry Airport, we can help deliver cost benefits for our customers. The operating efficiency of the IL-76TD-90VD means it can compete strongly with the old IL-76 and, importantly, the aircraft meets all environmental standards. We know customers recognise the value of moving cargo through Vatry because the airport has proven knowledge and expertise in supporting charter services and outsize and heavyweight air cargo flights and we are confident that basing aircraft at the airport and providing availability to customers will result in even more growth opportunities.”

Youri Busaan, Director General of Aéroport Paris-Vatry says Volga-Dnepr’s commitment is a major breakthrough that will help to safeguard and enhance the airport’s long-term position as a leading air cargo charter airport in Europe. He said:

“Together with Volga-Dnepr, we will now be able to provide a solution that will significantly enhance our position in the logistics market. Over 90% of our cargo business is from charter operations because Vatry has a great cargo infrastructure that is available 24 hours a day. Now we also have a great charter aircraft available at the airport that is unrestricted for global operations. Positioning the new IL-76TD-90VD at Vatry will give us an even more prominent position.”

This ends a good month for the Russian air carrier which has recently won an award in the Russian Organisation of High Social Efficiency’s federal contest to recognize companies that support the health and wellbeing of their employees. The airline was recognised in the award category entitled ‘Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle in Production Sphere Organizations’ (as close as we can translate).

The contest is an initiative by Russia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Protection which saw more than forty companies participating in the competition and hoping for a victory at the awards ceremony taking place in the Russian White House in Moscow. Vladimir Yakovlev, Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ Vice President of Human Resources explained how the company viewed the principles which prompted the awards, saying:

“The health of our staff is strategically important to us. Our team of professionals represents the company’s most important resource and without them we would not be able to carry out the company’s mission and continue to grow and develop. Good health is normal for Volga-Dnepr’s employees as we offer a comprehensive system that supports staff in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“We have a polyclinic of restorative treatment, a sport and fitness infrastructure and an annual appraisal of employees’ physical training. The aviation industry demands that its participants consistently demonstrate a very high level of concentration as well as intellectual and physical attention and that’s why a healthy lifestyle for us is a real necessity.”

Photo: Left to right: Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Eleonora Surina, Deputy HR-Director of Volga-Dnepr Group, Anatoly Pobol, Deputy Director of Flight Department, Volga-Dnepr Airlines.