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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • NOV-DEC, 2018 • Page 21 Volga-Dnepr delivers two GE- 90s and their parts to GECAS OVERSIZE and heavy cargo specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered two GE-90 aero engines and accompanying aerospace equipment for aviation leasing company GECAS. The payload on the freighter flight from Dallas, Texas, to London com- prised two GE-90 engines as well as two propulsors and fan cases and other equipment weighing a total of 64 tons. The GE-90’s dimensions of 750x380x380 cm and weight of 12,000 kg in its transportation stand means it can only be trans- ported using an An-124 -100 aircraft. All eight cargo positions, including engines, props, container and fan cases, were loaded using the An-124 -100’s internal cranes through the rear door of the aircraft. The ramp loading cargo plane, which is capable of both rear and nose door loading, is self-sufficient in all airports of the world thanks to its onboard loading equipment. In the first nine months of 2018, Volga-Dnepr has or- ganised more than 130 deliveries of aerospace equipment via its fleet of 12 124-100 and five Il-76TD-90VD freighters. The aero engines, props, container and fan cases were loaded using the An-124-100’s internal cranes through the rear door of the aircraft. ed on-airport areas and it is now incentivising greater takeup of AIS. “Agents and truckers who use AIS can take advantage of our ‘Blue Lane’, giving them priority over all other vehicles, regardless of the order in which they arrived,” said Cockburn. “Carriers are seeing the bene- fit of AIS, which goes a long way to dealing with the challenges at Heathrow. They are very support- ive.” Carl Aspital, director of forward- er Air and Cargo Services, one of the AIS pilot testers, also reports positive experiences: “We were dnata’s first Blue Lane-approved operator. We have noticed a signif- icant difference, particularly with night-time deliveries. As we use AIS, dnata has nothing to input, so the payback is faster handling. Our driver is given a door immediately on arrival.” “Forwarders can often suffer up to five hour waits at every shed. So, if everything else is equal, we would always now favour a carrier whose handler uses AIS. With a 20 minute turnaround, we can save GBP200 in driver costs alone.” The AIS module is free of charge for all CCS-UK subscribers, which number around 900 forwarders, cargo terminal operators and airlines. Yet AIS has still to gain full take-up within the UK air cargo industry. CCS-UK User Group chairman Steve Parker said: “All AIS requires is a modest change to ways of working. It’s hard to understand why many are still holding back, as AIS is free of charge, and its wide- spread adoption will help everyone in the community.” He added: “With the uncertainties surrounding Brexit leading to the possibility of more complex proce- dures and even dramatic increases in traffic, now is the time to take all possible steps to streamline the UK’s air cargo industry, which will become an even-more vital trading tool. So, we hope the success of AIS to date will inspire much greater take-up in the next few months.” Dachser reinstates Germany- China peak seasom charters DACHSER has again introduced regular air freight charters to connect Frankfurt, Germany and Shanghai, Chi- na during the Chrustmas peak season. The initiative also reduces lead times during this critical period. With the charter round trips, which the carrier is operating within its own network, the forwarder is offering its Chinese and European customers a reliable solution for their air freight shipments. The chartered 747 offers freight capacity of 105 tonnes per flight. The Dachser team in China loaded, for example, a garment order which was equivalent to 10 40-feet sea freight containers. The air freight charter makes the garments reach the shop much fast- er while reducing handling effort significantly. "Air freight charters can be an attractive transport solution for our customers during the busy peak season," Yves Larquemin, managing director Air and Sea Logistics Asia Pacific said. "Such a big shipment normally has to be split into several partial deliv- eries."