A new airline from Volga-Dnepr? And new freighters?

MADRID — Volga-Dnepr Group is planning to launch a new airline based in Leipzig, Germany, with some of the twelve AN-124 freighters in its fleet. Slava Shakhov, a Commercial Manager at Moscow-based Volga-Dnepr Group, told Cargo Facts today that the company is planning to overhaul “at least three” of its An-124s – and that those […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • November 29, 2017

Who will become the heavyweight champion?

It’s official. Both Ukraine-based Antonov Company and Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group have confirmed they will end their decade-long sales joint venture, and go it alone in the outsize and heavylift marketplace beginning 1 January. The two companies created the joint venture, Ruslan International, in 2006 to jointly market their combined An-124-100 fleets. Given that their airline subsidiaries, […]
  • David Harris
  • November 21, 2016

Silk Way goes big

Passing almost unnoticed at the Farnborough Air Show last week was an agreement signed by Silk Way Airlines and Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC), concerning the lease of an An-124-100. This was not a firm order, but the companies said they expected to firm the deal within a month. Azerbaijan-based charter specialist Silk Way Airlines (parent […]
  • David Harris
  • July 19, 2016

The uncertain future of the An-124.

There has been much speculation recently on the whereabouts of – and even the operators of – Russia’s An-124s. Former operator Polet, which was forced to file for bankruptcy last year and has repeatedly been in the Russian courts since, fighting various creditors, is reported to have at last been forced to give up its […]
  • Alex Lenanne
  • October 7, 2015

First 737-400SF for HeavyLift

A few photos of HeavyLift’s first B737-400SF freighter which will operate in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Pacific Islands. Photos Courtesy AEI/Robert T. Convey
  • David Harris
  • January 31, 2011

From the Archives: Heavylift 707-351C

HeavyLift was, in 1989, based at London Stansted and had been established in 1980. It was most famous for making use of the Shorts Belfast, being the sole operator of the giant ex-RAF quad prop. They specialized in outsized and unusual cargo (for which the cavernous Belfast was well-suited) – but the 707 was present […]
  • David Harris
  • August 20, 2010