European freighter fleet analysis (Part II): 777F on the rise

This is the second part of our analysis of the European jet freighter fleet. Last week, we looked at narrowbodies in Part I. Turning to the widebody jet freighter fleet operated by European carriers, the chart shows that the total number increased 8.3% since last year to 209 units. Notably, the overall number of 747-400Fs […]

CargoLogicAir to cut two 747Fs early next year

UK-based CargoLogicAir (CLA) will reduce its four-unit 747F fleet by two units next year, “because of the ongoing challenging market conditions,” according to a statement from the carrier. Following the reduction, CLA intends to continue operating two aircraft in ACMI service. The cuts are the latest prompted by CLA’s parent, the Volga-Dnepr Group, which earlier this […]

Volga-Dnepr Group misses targets, begins restructuring process

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group will be executing a restructuring plan after the group’s three carriers – AirBridgeCargo (ABC), ATRAN and Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) – saw their collective traffic drop by 6% in the first half of 2019, to 2.6 million FTKs, missing targets by 20%. While an immediate change involves the appointment of a new general […]

Volga-Dnepr firms up order for nine 777Fs

Less than one year after expressing interest in the 777F platform, a UK offshoot of the Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group has firmed up an order for nine 777Fs. Although the deal was finalized in December 2018, the order from Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd. is only now surfacing in a recent update to Boeing’s order book. While a […]

AirBridgeCargo, CLA embark on freight density test with cargo.one

All-cargo carriers AirBridgeCargo and CargoLogic Air have taken the plunge and will begin making spot market capacity and rates visible and instantly bookable through air cargo booking and marketing platform, cargo.one. Although combination carriers have been warming up to the idea for some time, the move represents a major pivot for all-cargo carriers, which have […]

Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow adds 777 maintenance capability

The MRO arm of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group, Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow (VDTM), has obtained approval from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) to carry out maintenance work on Bermuda-registered 777 aircraft. Although none of Volga-Dnepr’s affiliate carriers currently operate the 777 platform, this is expected to change following a 2018 LOI between Boeing and CargoLogicHolding for the purchase of up to twenty-nine 777Fs.  For the time […]

Volga-Dnepr Group’s cross-border cooperation with Cainiao reveals long-term ambitions at Liège

Cainiao, the logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has named Volga-Dnepr Group its “preferred carrier for airlift capacity and logistics services” and will be granted “guaranteed access” to the Russia-based conglomerate’s fleet of forty-one aircraft, according to a joint release detailing a recently signed MoU between the two companies. For the Group and its cargo […]
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