ATRAN Airlines, the Russian air express carrier within Volga-Dnepr Group, has extended its fleet to 6 freighters with the deployment of the second Boeing 737-800BCF in order to sharpen its service quality and facilitate further network expansion. The additional freighter will be the facilitator to leverage the burgeoning traffic of e-commerce shipments, including mail consignments, between China, Russia, CIS, and beyond on the backdrop of the growing demand for cross-border purchases. With the latest addition, ATRAN’s fleet consists of 4 Boeing 737-400SF and 2 Boeing 737-800BCF.
After announcing the extension of its services, VD Gulf, a subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr in the United Arab Emirates has just welcomed its first Boeing 777 customer for MRO services (Maintenance, Repair & Operations). VD Gulf is the largest Middle East MRO provider with its 22,000 sq.m. fully equipped hangar to serve large aircrafts in the city of Sharjah. It took 14 days for VD Gulf’s experts to complete all maintenance processes.
Ayrat Gilmutdinov, VD Gulf’s Commercial Director, said: “We have been expanding our services in line with our customers’ expectations. Given that many operators are switching to the Boeing 777 aircraft type, it was important for us to respond to customer requests in a timely manner and to be able to offer them high-quality services for their latest fleet additions (…) “
DHL has reinforced its intercontinental fleet with the acquisition of a new Boeing 777 Freighter. With a payload capacity of 112 t and a range of 9,200 km, the B777-F entered into service on May 25 and is the first of 14 new models ordered to replace the older B747-400s aircraft. The new freight airplanes are also more fuel efficient and reliable than the older models.
“The delivery of our first Boeing 777 Freighter marks an important milestone in our mission to overhaul our intercontinental fleet. This efficient, long-range and high-capacity freighter will enable us to serve even more markets with non-stop flights and significantly contributes to greater sustainability in line with our sustainability strategy ‘zero emission by 2050’ “, says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The carrier of oversize and super heavy shipments by air Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and Kintetsu World Express France (KWE) have recently transported an 11,000 hp Alstom motorised pump from Paris-Vatry to Damman in Saudi Arabia. The 40-ton pump, measuring 651x274x311 cm, was carried onboard of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 ramp aircraft just seven days after the initial charter request was received from the customer. To ensure a seamless and intact loading process at both the departure and arrival, Volga-Dnepr’s team used loading equipment such as rail system, extension ramps, skate beams as well as mobile cranes.
“This transportation showcases the benefits of airfreight solutions over other logistics modes, as we were able to deliver this essential spare part back to Saudi Arabia faster than other transport companies. The whole delivery took 6 hours and 45 minutes whereas with sea freight transportation the customer would have waited 20+ days (…),” said Ekaterina Andrea, Deputy Commercial Director, Volga-Dnepr Airlines.