Ukrainian Vulkan Air Antonov AN-26 at Zagreb Airport
Written by: Jan Kotek.
Ukrainian air carrier Vulkan Air (VKA) arrived to Zagreb Airport on January 1 with Antonov AN-26B (in the picture). The aircraft delivered humanitarian aid from Portugal and Spain after devastating earthquake had hit Petrinja and the surrounding area. It landed at Zagreb Airport before 10am local time, arriving from Girona in Spain. This is not the first time Vulkan Air has been in Croatia. They occasionally arrive to Zagreb, Osijek and Pula Airport on ferry flights from Ukraine to South Africa, where Vulcan Air often operates cargo flights.
Vulkan Air was founded in 1997, with operational base at Zhuliyani Airport in Kiev. Ever since their begining they operate only cargo flights. They have 3 Antonov AN-26 planes which were built between 1980 and 1985. The aicraft that landed in Zagreb, with registration UR-CQV, was bulit in 1983 for Romanian flag air carrier TAROM - Romanian Air Transport (RO/ROT). It left Romania in 1994, and before arriving to Ukrainian Vulkan Air, it was operated by several air carriers in Sudan, Moldova, Hungary, Belarus and Armenia.