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

Moscow: the rising cargo hub

The first quarter of 2017 was almost universally a solid quarter for air freight, but if carriers from one region stood-out, it might just be those based in Moscow. Recent reports of high double-digit traffic growth figures are almost reminiscent of those seen during the heydays of the Gulf Carriers, just a few years ago. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 31, 2017

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai late last month for Cargo Facts Asia 2017 – the sixth annual presentation of what is now undeniably the region’s premier industry event. After five years in Hong Kong, record attendance […]
  • David Harris
  • May 18, 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

New freighter, new directions for AirBridgeCargo

Last Friday, AirBridgeCargo, the scheduled-service subsidiary of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr group took delivery of its tenth 747-8F, during a ceremony held at Seattle’s SeaTac Airport. Though freighter deliveries are a frequent occurrence, AirBridge’s growth and success is closely interlinked with the future of the 747 program and thus deserves recognition. As Boeing’s backlog for the jumbo-freighter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 10, 2016

Intrepid orders two 747-8Fs

US-based lessor Intrepid Aviation reached an agreement with Boeing under which it will swap two of its current six orders for 777-300ER passenger aircraft for 747-8 freighters. Delivery of both freighters is scheduled for 2017, and Intrepid said both would go “on very long lease to one of the industry’s premier cargo operators.” The identity […]
  • David Harris
  • October 7, 2016

747-8 – the state of the program

At the end of last week, Cargolux took delivery of a 747-8 Freighter. As we said in Friday’s post on that delivery, the Luxembourg-based carrier had already taken delivery of thirteen of the type, and this one, #14, is the last it will take. Several other carriers have also taken all the 747-8s they ordered, […]
  • David Harris
  • October 3, 2016

Antonov attempts to freeze Russian An-124 operations

Antonov is attempting to freeze Russian An-124 operations, while at the same time thawing out an old freighter that has been in the freezer for the last eight years. Yesterday we looked at the way Ukraine’s Antonov Group might market its outsize and heavylift capacity after announcing the breakup of its Ruslan International joint venture […]
  • David Harris
  • September 9, 2016
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