Volga-Dnepr Airlines has joined the relief effort delivering urgently-needed humanitarian aid to the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

On November 13, the airline’s IL-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft landed in Lapu-Lapu Airport carrying humanitarian supplies from Denmark and Sweden. Cargo onboard the flight included generators, tents, food, mobile camps for relief workers, motor transport and water purifiers and was delivered on behalf of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. The flights were operated under the auspices of the SALIS project.

This was Volga-Dnepr’s latest relief flight to help victims of natural disasters in the Philippines. At the beginning of November, the airline carried 26 tons of aid and relief cargo from Changi Airport in Singapore to Lapu-Lapu to help those who suffered in the October 15 earthquake. 485 tents and 150 sheds were transported to the disaster area at the request of air charter broker Chapman Freeborn. Volga-Dnepr’s specialists organised the services of third-party freight handlers at the departure and arrival airports for loading and unloading. On-time performance of the flight to the Philippines was one of the pre-conditions of the booking because the delegation of consignor and consignee representatives were expecting the aircraft to arrive within a precise timeframe.

Volga-Dnepr has over 23 years’ experience of participating in international aid and relief missions. Over this period, the airline’s AN-124-100 and IL-76TD-90VD freighter fleet has performed 978 flights and delivered over 65,000 tons of urgently-needed aid and relief cargo to 93 countries worldwide. Its contribution to supporting the fast transportation of humanitarian cargo has been a key part of urgent aid missions around the world, including for victims of the devastating tsunami in South-East Asia (2004), Hurricane Katrina in the USA (2005), the eruption of the Chaiten Volcano in Chile (2008), and earthquakes in Haiti (2010) and Turkey (2011).

The International project SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution) involves 14 nations - Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden - and pools the resources of the participants to charter special aircraft to provide heavy airlift capability.