Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary ATRAN plans to add to its fleet two more 737-800BCFs over the course of 2021.
“With e-commerce market growth during the recent years in general, and in 2020 in particular, we are aiming at expansion of our Boeing 737F fleet,” Tatyana Arslanova, executive operating officer of the Volga-Dnepr Group, told Cargo Facts. “We expect up to two deliveries of this freighter type,” she said.
As of Jan. 5, the active ATRAN fleet comprised two 737-800BCFs and two 737-400Fs. A third 737-400F that was previously operated by ATRAN (29001), has not been flown since August, according to FlightRadar24.
Future fleet additions will be Boeing-converted 737-800BCFs, Arslanova said. The two 737-800BCFs currently operated by ATRAN are leased from GECAS as part of an October 2018 agreement. Volga-Dnepr could not confirm if the next 737-800BCFs to join its fleet will be leased from GECAS or another provider, saying it is “reviewing various leasing companies, including GECAS.”
While ATRAN’s fleet remained stable last year, its sister carrier AirBridgeCargo recently began operating the Volga-Dnepr Group’s first 777F.