Atran Airlines, a Russian air express carrier
within the Volga-Dnepr Group, has launched flights between Xi'an,
China, and Moscow, Russia.
The first flight was operated by one of Atran’s
Boeing 737-400SF freighters with further plans for Boeing
737-800BCF deployment to be able to guarantee up to 23 tonnes of
cargo capacity per flight.
“Embracing new destinations and leveraging
emerging markets for cross-border shipments are on the radar of
our business development. With global e-commerce growing at 20%
per year and forecast for a nearly 15% uptick in Russia over the
next three-four years, the demand for high-quality air cargo
services will be high. We are ready to guarantee this in close
partnership with Russian Post and China Post,” said Dmitry Obsharov, General Director of Atran Airlines. “Being part of ‘Belt
and Road’ initiative, this ancient capital of China will undergo
developments which will facilitate its transformation into a
multi-modal hub with emerging volumes going through the airport.”
Atran Airlines recently expanded fleet, which now comprises
Boeing 737-400SF and Boeing 737-800BCF cargo aircraft, will
support the company’s network expansion.