Typhoon Mangkhut, which struck the island of Guam on September 10, is the strongest tropical cyclone to be recorded worldwide in 2018 to date, with winds reaching a maximum registered speed of 285 km/h. It affected areas including the Mariana Islands, Philippines, Taiwan, South China and Vietnam.
AMSR-2 rainfall data from Typhoon Mangkhut (Image: NASA)
Within eight and-a-half hours of the customer’s confirmation, Volga-Dnepr Airlines had positioned one of its An-124-100 freighters at the airport of departure, ready to load a shipment of 64 tons of food supplies and bottled water. The expedited loading process was completed in just three hours, ensuring the giant transport aircraft was ready to depart to Guam as soon as the storm had passed the island.
Volga-Dnepr’s 28 years of experience and specialisation in supporting humanitarian aid missions all over the world enables the airline to offer an immediate and timely response, saving vital time in such critical situations.
In less than 24 hours, Volga-Dnepr Airlines organised a delivery of critical aid relief cargo to Guam to help victims of Typhoon Mangkhut, maintaining focus on its strategy of supporting global humanitarian missions and fast response capabilities (Image: Volga-Dnepr)
Since the 1990s, Volga-Dnepr Airlines has been responding to humanitarian and relief calls all over the world. It has performed almost 1,200 flights and delivered more than 75,000 tons of cargo, from heavy machinery and helicopters for rescue operations to mobile hospitals, large volumes of water purification equipment, tents, and temperature-sensitive goods such as food supplies and pharmaceuticals.
Volga Dnepr’s unique fleet of 12 giant An-124-100 freighters provides both nose and rear ramp loading capabilities as well as onboard cranes and winches. Five modernised IL-76TD-90VD are equipped with expanding rear ramp, hoists and winches and meet all ICAO requirements for international flight operations in compliance with the latest noise and emissions standards. Both types of aircraft are self-sufficient in remote locations or where local infrastructure has been damaged. This allows emergency relief management agencies all over the world to deliver critically-needed cargo and supplies in what is always a significant race against time.