Volga-Dnepr Group's four AN-124-100 aircraft are back
VOLGA-DNEPR Group has confirmed their four AN-124-100 aircraft are back after an emergency landing in November, reports London's Air Cargo News
26 January 2021 - 19:00
No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred on November 13. 'It was a mutual blow, for us and our customers,' said chief commercial officer Konstantin Vekshin.
'For us, it was not about the money, it was all about safety, and we wanted to make a timely call and look into things. It was important for us to do what we had to do,' said Mr Vekshin.
Another five aircraft are expected to be running by the end of this month. The company is focusing on safety, while gradually getting its fleet of AN-124-100s back in the skies.
Mr Vekshin further indicated the company is shifting its focus to sensitive shipment.
'One of the first flights that we carried out [with the AN-124-100] was vaccine-related. We're going to be very selective in regards to flying other types of cargo for the time being,' said Mr Vekshin.
'Four aircraft is a good number for us to be able to deal with these shipments. And we will have more [up and running] towards the end of the month,' said Mr Vekshin.
'We're glad that we're coming back. It's very busy year already - we can feel that. The demand is there. We feel that 2021 is not going to be a 'normal' year. Covid is not going anywhere any time soon, so the market will not be as we initially thought it would,' said Mr Vekshin.
'I think that in many ways, this year will be a replica of 2020, but we are prepared for that. More importantly, we are prepared to fly sensitive cargo. Sensitive cargo being anything relating to Covid-19 vaccine,' said Mr Vekshin
'It looks like it's going to be another interesting year and another test for all of us. Hopefully, we'll be able to satisfy all our existing and future needs of our customers,' said Mr Vekshin.
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