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new An-124's for Volga Dnepr

Two more An-124-100 freighters for Volga-Dnepr

RUSSIA’S Volga-Dnepr Group has signed a finance lease agreement to acquire two additional An-124-100 Ruslan freighters.

The deal with JSC Sberbank Leasing ensures the airline’s leadership in the outsize and super-heavyweight air cargo markets, says Sergey Shklyanik, group senior vice-president.

“The acquisition is in line with our Strategy 2020, which provides for fleet extension with both Russian and foreign-made aircraft,” he adds.

Dennis Gliznoutsa, who is vice-president of sales at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, insists that great knowledge and expertise, as well as a broad maintenance infrastructure, are fundamental requirements to successfully operate these specialist aircraft.

“Volga-Dnepr Group is proud to have all of these prerequisites in place.

“For over 25 years we’ve been using the advantages of this great aircraft worldwide and we’re confident that by extending our fleet we gain even more flexibility to fit the demands of our customers,” he adds.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines – the cargo charter arm of the group – operates a fleet of 12 An-124-100s and five IL-76TD-90VD freighters which are all compliant with current and prospective ICAO requirements, thus providing airlift worldwide without any restrictions, says the company.

The company’s scheduled air cargo arm is AirBridgeCargo Airlines with a current fleet of 15 B747 freighters (five -400ERFs, four -400Fs and six state-of-the-art -8Fs) and two B737-400Fs.

Another expanding division in the group is Volga-Dnepr Technics, which provides maintenance services for Russian and foreign-made aircraft.

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