Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary AirBridgeCargo Airlines has taken delivery of two new Boeing 747-8 Freighters, to add to six it already has in service.
One of the aircraft is the 100th Boeing 747-8 which Boeing has delivered.
The two new 747-8Fs, which are registered VQ-BFE and VQ-BLR, are the first to be delivered to the Russian scheduled air cargo carrier under a memorandum of understanding for 20 747-8Fs signed between Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group at the Paris Air Show in June.
In addition to the 20 747-8Fs, the agreement between Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group also adds Antonov An-124-100 outsize-cargo freighters to Boeing’s long-term logistics support arrangements for it and its production partners.
“For Volga Dnepr Group, adding more new generation 747-8 Freighters will allow to secure further development of the Group’s scheduled business, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, and keep the airline’s high growth rates,” says Denis Ilin, executive president for AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
“We appreciate ABC’s confidence in our products and look forward to our successful cooperation in the future. We are honored to see that one of the two new 747-8 Freighters delivered, is the 100th 747-8 for Boeing,” says Marty Bentrott, vice president, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines will deploy the two new 747-8Fs on its expanding network for its winter schedule 2015-2016, on routes between Asia and the United States.
Including the two November 18 deliveries, ABC’s fleet now consists of eight 747-8 Freighters, five 747-400 Extended Range Freighters, and two 747-400 Freighters.
The 747-8 Freighter offers 16 per cent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 Freighter, while keeping its hinging-nose door.