Volga-Dnepr takes delivery of its 10th 747-8F

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed October 10, 2016 17:46

Volga-Dnepr takes delivery of its 10th 747-8F

Volga-Dnepr Group has taken delivery of its 10th new 747-8 Freighter. The Group, which includes Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which transports unique, oversize and heavyweight air cargo, and AirBridgeCargo (ABC), the international scheduled cargo airline, formally received its latest -8 at a handover ceremony in Everett, Wash. Painted in AirBridgeCargo’s distinctive blue and white livery, the new delivery increases the size of ABC’s fleet to 16 747 freighters and continues its long-term fleet enhancement strategy.

In July, Volga-Dnepr Group confirmed its order for 20 new 747-8 Freighters and today’s delivery represented the fifth aircraft in this agreement. Future deliveries will lead to the phasing out of the remaining 747-400Fs in AirBridgeCargo’s fleet. The handover event also celebrated the launch by ABC of twice-weekly 747-8F services from Seattle to Moscow via Chicago and Europe. Seattle becomes ABC’s sixth online gateway in North America.
Volga-Dnepr Group’s strong relationship with Boeing was emphasized with the signing of a long-term logistics support agreement between the two companies at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow. It covers the provision of logistics services by Volga-Dnepr Group to Boeing and its partners using its fleet of An-124-100 and 747 freighters.

“The addition of Seattle to AirBridgeCargo’s growing international network and the delivery of our latest -8 Freighter is not only strategically important to the development of ABC, it also allows our Group to fulfill its obligations under the long-term logistics support program agreement with Boeing and its partners for the transportation of aerospace cargoes. For Volga-Dnepr Group, we are confident our fleet of An-124 and 747 freighters will enable us to successfully compete and fulfill our commitments to our customers,” said Alexey Isaykin, President of Volga-Dnepr Group.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed October 10, 2016 17:46