Atran Airlines, the Russian air express carrier
within the Volga-Dnepr Group, has enlarged its fleet with the
delivery of its first Boeing 737-800BCF, increasing its total
number of freighters to five.
The additional airplane will boost the carrier’s
capacity and guarantee a wider choice of logistics solutions for
its customers linking routes between Russia, the CIS and Europe.
The freighter has already operated its first flights from Moscow (Vnukovo)
to Norilsk and Yakutsk carrying much-needed essential consumer
goods for the population of the Siberian and Far Eastern parts of
Russia, including perishables, general cargo and e-commerce
“We are delighted to have this new type of
aircraft in our fleet,” said Dmitry Obsharov, General Director for Atran
Airlines. “As the upgraded version of the Boeing 737,
the airplane has more technical and operational capabilities. This
allows us to offer more maindeck cargo capacity thanks to the
aircraft’s extended fuselage, which is 6 metres longer and
broader, increasing the solutions we can offer for the
transportation of various types of shipments, including oversized
freight which can be loaded through the wider maindeck cargo door.
We are confident that this new aircraft type we will be able to
guarantee high-service quality for our customers, leveraging trade
flows in the markets we serve, with a special focus on
China-Russia routes and the emerging volumes of cross-border
e-commerce and mail shipments. It will also help to increase
aircraft utilisation within our existing network.”
In addition to accommodating 11 standard
aviation pallets (2235×3175 mm) and containers in the cargo
compartment, the Boeing 737-800BCF incorporates a reconfigurable
cargo handling system which can be easily adjusted for various
types of ULDs.
The Boeing 737-800BCF is a newcomer to
Volga-Dnepr Group and complements its existing fleet of
An-124-100, Il-76TD-90VD, Boeing 747F and Boeing 737-400F,
therefore expanding the Group’s airfreight solutions.
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