A post on this blog mentioned that the growth in oil and gas drilling has become a bright spot in the air freight industry as other sources of business dry up. Recently, Russian airline Volga-Dnepr sought to acquire some of that business.
The airline has begun a contract to carry equipment to a new natural gas field in Papua New Guinea, according to Air Cargo World.
Volga-Dnepr won the contract in 2012, but the project itself has been in the works since 2008. In fact, several years ago a new airport was built in Komo, Papua New Guinea that could accommodate the larger freight carrier planes. At 3,200 meters long and 45 meters wide, according to the article, the new runway is the largest in the country.
On May 3, the carrier's AN-124-100 freighter finished its first flight from Port Moresby to Komo.
Due to poor conditions such as fog, the carrier will only be able to deliver in the daytime. To make up for this, Volga-Dnepr has already taken significant steps to boost efficiency, which is increasingly necessary in the competitive shipping world. First, the carrier has worked to cut down on the airplane's weight when it is empty. It also developed special loading equipment to minimize loading and offloading times without the use of cranes.
There is still room for further improvements, however. If the airline wants to boost supply chain efficiency, it should invest in proof of condition services that will allow it to pinpoint the cause of any damage that this drilling equipment may suffer.