Volga-Dnepr Gulf (VD Gulf), a unit of Volga-Dnepr Technics in the Middle East, has commenced operations in its new 22,000-square-metre maintenance hangar facility in Sharjah following approval from the emirate's Department of Civil Aviation, according to the Shipping Gazette.
A former British protectorate, Sharjah is an emirate in the UAE and the only one in which alcohol is banned, and has strictest morality code where mixing of unmarried men and women is illegal.
VD Gulf successfully completed the towing of the first aircraft into the new hangar, an Antonov AN-124 Ruslan freighter belonging to Volga-Dnepr Airlines in cooperation with Sharjah International Airport Ground Handling Department and Aerosafety Management Department.
During the towing procedure, VD Gulf technical staff conducted adjustments and testing of the facility's docking systems, as well as the mark-up for placing the aircraft in the hangar and other related procedures. Another important task involved utilising the communication systems for staff involved in the towing process.
Volga-Dnepr Gulf managing director Victor Sherin congratulated all the team on its first aircraft towing procedure into the new hangar. "This is an historical event for Volga-Dnepr Gulf," he added in a company statement.
The hangar will be able to simultaneously accommodate six narrow-body aircraft or two wide-body aircraft of the Boeing 747 or Antonov AN-124 type. The facility is equipped with all necessary tools and equipment as well as modern air conditioning and fire fighting systems to perform safety maintenance services for the various aircraft types up to C-check.