Thursday, 29 May 2014

Russian meteorological vehicles arrive home onboard An-124-100 after ‘Test-Drive’

Two mobile meteorological support vehicles have arrived back in Yekaterinburg, Russia, from Delhi, India, onboard a Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ An-124-100 aircraft after going for a ‘test drive’.

The mobile stations, each weighing 12 tons and accompanied by a 4-ton trailer, drove into the An-124’s giant cargo hold under their own power. Each shipment measured 8.5 metres in length and 3.6 metres in height and was loaded along with the 5 metre long trailer. The consignor and consignee’s representatives monitored the loading and unloading of the cargo at Indira Gandhi International Airport and Koltsovo Airport.

The flight was operated on behalf of the Government of India, which ordered the meteorological vehicles from the Russian manufacturer, Uraltransmash. The purpose of the transportation was to enable specialists in India to familiarise themselves with the equipment and to conduct tests using it.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Over 82 tons of medical supplies and equipment needed to help victims still dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan have reached the Philippines after Virgin Atlantic Airways offered its support to UNICEF and Save the Children.

With four of its aircraft heading to the Philippines for routine maintenance work, Virgin Atlantic approached the charities to offer the cargo capacity on the flights free of charge. Shipments destined for UNICEF staff on the ground in the Philippines and the country’s Department of Health included hospital equipment, water purification tablets and life-saving drugs to treat malaria, bacterial infections and diarrhoea. The flights also carried kits for midwives to help mothers give birth safely and protect their babies in the first months of life, crucial drugs and medicines, including amoxicillin to help fight off bacterial infections, and medical equipment that helped Save the Children re-equip and run mobile health units and hospitals in affected areas. 

Simon Porter, Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s Operations Manager, Heathrow, said: “It is six months since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines and its tragic consequences led to a global relief effort and public donations as a result of news coverage and appeals straight after the storm. However, the relief effort carries on long after the media leave and organisations such as UNICEF and Save the Children continue to do an outstanding job helping the long-term victims. We are pleased that we had the opportunity to help them in their vital work.” 

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines six months ago. It was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, claiming over 6,000 lives and leaving 1.7 million people homeless.

Paul Ainslie of Save the Children said: “We want to extend a massive thank you to the team at Virgin Atlantic Cargo for the extraordinary help and support they provided to us with the cargo flights to the Philippines. The latest flight carried medical supplies and this will have an incredible impact in terms of supporting families and saving lives.”

David Bull, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director said:  ‘Children are still suffering as a result of typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines six months ago. We are so grateful to Virgin Atlantic Airlines for providing space on their flights so that UNICEF can continue to get lifesaving supplies to those in desperate need. Since the typhoon hit, UNICEF has vaccinated over one million children against killer diseases, provided safe water to nearly one million people and delivered school equipment to nearly half a million children.’

Since the typhoon hit, UNICEF has vaccinated over one million children under the age of five against killer diseases. Nearly one million people have been provided with safe water and nearly half a million children have been equipped with education material. Around 17,000 children have also been given support to help them cope with the impact the typhoon has had on them and their families.
Virgin Atlantic’s continued support for Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan Response has helped the charity to provide 3,500 children with Vitamin A to boost their immune system and protect them against blindness, and for 2,789 children to be vaccinated against measles and 3,000 against polio.


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Thursday, 1 May 2014



Please find here a news release issued today by Volga-Dnepr Group:
Media contact: Jamie Roche, JRPR
Date: 1 May 2014
T:  + 44 (0) 1344 631880/1/3

Atran Airlines, part of Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Group, has contracted Fokker Services in the Netherlands to upgrade its Boeing 737-400SF freighter aircraft with the latest version of the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS).
Modernisation of its fleet will ensure Atran continues to operate in full compliance with the requirements of Eurocontrol, the international organisation composed of Member States of the E.U. that oversees air traffic management.
Atran is investing in the upgrading of its TCAS system from v.7.0 to new v7.1 in accordance with the new European Commission mandate effective from December 2015 that requires all aircrafts above 5,700kg Maximum Take-off Weight or authorised to carry more than 19 passengers to be equipped with the latest TCAS version.
The Traffic Collision Avoidance System monitors the airspace around an aircraft for other aircraft equipped with a corresponding active transponder which may present a threat of mid-air collision. The new 7.1 version is able to implement corrective action in the case of one of the crews not adhering to the TCAS recommendations.