Volga-Dnepr Airlines recently partnered with freight forwarder Geodis to complete 48 An-124 flights delivering medical supplies to France.
The French Ministry of Solidarity and Health contracted Geodis to perform the vital deliveries of medical equipment as part of the Government’s “Pont Aerien Francais” (French Air Bridge), ensuring that the French state received necessary medical supplies to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines was chosen by Geodis to support a reliable and efficient air-bridge linking Shenzhen, China and Paris-Vatry airport utilising an unrivalled fleet of 12 x AN124 freighters. The first Antonov-124 flight landed in Vatry on the 30th March, with the last flight touching down 3 months and 3,000 tons later.
Stanislas Brun, Geodis’ SVP Global Air Freight, commented:We are delighted to be working with a reliable and professional partner such as Volga-Dnepr Group who, not only offers a large fleet of aircraft but also understands the complexity and criticality of the market situation and has proven its ability to permanently adapt and adjust to the challenges. Geodis has been working with the Volga-Dnepr group for many projects in the past and the airline is now one of GEODIS Air Direct main partners .” s
Stuart Smith, Global Director Humanitarian, Volga-Dnepr, who oversaw the program added: “This was a unique airlift challenge, given its size, frequency and the epidemiological factors that our operating crews and all stakeholders have faced. The fact that we were able to deliver all 48 x flights exactly on schedule is testament to the hard-work and huge intra-team co-operation between Geodis, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, Vatry airport and Shenzhen airport. Everyone was truly united in this project”