Volga-Dnepr Airlines completes project to support PNG LNG Project
MOSCOW -- Volga-Dnepr Airlines has safely completed 88 cargo flights carrying more than 6,000 t of equipment in 103 days to supply the Exxon Mobil-operated PNG LNG Project. The airline’s AN-124-100 aircraft operated all of the flights from Port Moresby Airport to the PNG LNG Project’s newly-constructed Komo Airfield. The aircraft carried equipment for the project’s Hides Gas Conditioning Plant in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
With each component averaging 60 t in weight, including unique and oversized shipments requiring individual handling solutions, Volga-Dnepr’s engineers created a special loading process to carefully place the pieces of equipment into the cargo hold. Additional work was conducted by the airline to minimize the empty weight of the AN-124-100 aircraft, tooling and packaging equipment to maximize the opportunities offered by the freighter’s cargo capacity.
For these flights, special loading equipment was developed and manufactured by Volga-Dnepr, and a special trailer was leased to simplify the loading and offloading of cargo, reducing the need to use cranes. Volga-Dnepr also developed solutions to ensure the appropriate maintenance of aircraft at Port Moresby airport during the project.