The specialists of Boeing and Air Bridge Cargo visited Vladivostok airport. The main purpose of their visit was to consider the possibility of certifying the airport for servicing Boeing 747-8 aircraft, the airport’s press-service reports.
The delegation inspected the airfield infrastructure, flight support equipment and the airport’s special-purpose vehicles. The guests emphasized the good condition of runway, taxi ways and apron. The representatives of Boeing and Air Bridge Cargo also visited “Cargo-Vladivostok” terminal, which is under construction.
This meeting is in line with the development strategy of Vladivostok International Airport. The certification of the airport for servicing Boeing 747-800 aircraft will provide new capabilities for operating these jets in Vladivostok. It must be mentioned that there are not only passenger, but also cargo version of Boeing 747-8. "Boeing 747-8 is one of the world’s largest aircraft and few Russian airports are able to service it. The certification allowing servicing B 747-8 is a great opportunity for the airport, - Deputy Head of Operations department, Air Bridge Cargo, Artem Andriyashkin, commented. – Taking into account the fact that “Cargo-Vladivostok” terminal will soon be put into service, the airport will become an important partner for cargo carriers operating B 747-8".
"I was surprised to find out that far from the center of Russia there is an airport able to compete on equal footing with the country’s best ones, - Special Advisor 747-8 Program, Richard Vaisvila, said. – And I am confident that the airport will successfully complete the certification for servicing Boeing 747-8 aircraft".
In the network of the visit the specialists have exchanged opinions and elaborated a plan for further cooperation. The next stage assumes elaboration of necessary documents and airport’s personnel training. "Vladivostok airport is seeking to expand its presence at the market and obtain certificate allowing it to service Boeing-747-800 jets. It is a great opportunity for us and our partners, - CEO of Vladivostok International; Airport, Maxim Chetverikov, said. – Our long-standing partner, Korean Air, has already expressed interest in operating Boeing 747-8 on routes to Vladivostok".