Some good news from Russia and Ukraine

Since the start of the unrest in Eastern Ukraine, relations between Ukraine and Russia have deteriorated rapidly. However, Ruslan International, the joint venture between Ukraine-based Antonov Airlines and Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines has so far kept above the fray. There may be little love between Russia and Ukraine, but in an interview with Cargo Facts’ European […]
  • David Harris
  • August 28, 2014

AirBridge reports a record quarter, may add more 747-8Fs

Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo (ABC), the scheduled service subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group, reported volume up 9% in the first quarter to a record 86,500 tonnes. Cargo traffic for the period was up 13%. The carrier did not provide any information about revenue or profitability, but did say the volume growth “reflects market improvements in Russia, Europe, […]
  • David Harris
  • May 28, 2014

Polet wobbles as court cases continue

Polet Airlines, the Russian AN-124 operator, is feeling the pinch, writes Cargo Facts’ European editor, Alex Lennane. According to some locally placed sources, it may struggle to see out the year. The airline has faced a string of court appearances relating to its two AN-124s and various claims of debt. Although it appears to be winning […]
  • David Harris
  • May 28, 2014

Musical chairs for all-cargo execs

When Robert van de Weg and Peter van de Pas resigned from their senior positions at Cargolux over disagreement with the Board’s decision to sell a 35% stake in the carrier to China-based HNCA, the air freight world was immediately awash in speculation about their respective futures. These were two of the most knowledgeable and […]
  • David Harris
  • March 21, 2014

Special delivery – Courtesy of the An-124

In this unusual scene, captured over the weekend, a Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 is unloading a fuselage section for a 747-8F. Although the An-124 has been used in the past to transport components to Everett, it is a very rare sight these days and most parts of this type are shipped by rail (or, if they […]
  • David Harris
  • February 25, 2013

Antonov An-124 at BFI

Boeing Field is a good place to spy interesting aircraft, mainly of the Boeing variety. Everything from Military 707 variants to the newest 787 graces this airport. But so do many aircraft that aren’t connected with Boeing and many unusual charters and business aircraft stop in. This Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 was the undoubted star of […]
  • David Harris
  • March 30, 2011
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