Monday, October 6, 2014

Heavy Lift Air Freight Specialist Launches Another First

International Cooperation Again Widens Competition in the Space Industry
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ARGENTINA – FRENCH GUIANA – Once again Russian heavy lift air freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines has tied up with UK based Chapman Freeborn Airchartering to deliver a piece of history by transporting the first-ever space satellite manufactured in Argentina from San Carlos de Bariloche Airport to its launch site in French Guiana. The ARSAT-1 satellite and its special transport container, weighing about 40 tonnes, were carried on board an An-124-100 freighter by the Ruslan International joint venture.

ARSAT-1 is a geostationary communications satellite manufactured in Argentina by the INVAP S.E. company. It is scheduled to be launched in October 2014 and will provide a wide range of telecommunications, data transmission, telephone and television services mainly across all of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. John Meehleder, Sales Executive of Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo, said:

“We have served customers in Argentina for some 22 years and over this period have carried over 7,000 tonnes of import and export cargo. We are proud to have helped Argentina make history by carrying the country’s first-ever satellite and look forward to being part of its ongoing growth in the global aerospace market.”

The flight was arranged by the Brazil office of global aircraft charter specialists Chapman Freeborn which specialises in the charter and lease of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft for a wide ranging client base including freight forwarders, multinational corporations, governments, humanitarian agencies and a host of industries around the globe. Maria Faria from the company’s Brazil office commented:

“We’re delighted to have managed this high-profile charter operation on behalf of our client. I would also like to thank Volga-Dnepr for its support in making this operation a huge success. The customer was very happy with the professionalism demonstrated.”

Photo: Courtesy of ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE