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Volga-Dnepr Group signs MOU for 20 additional Boeing 747-800F freighters

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Volga-Dnepr Group (Moscow) (Volga-Dnepr Airlines, Atran Airlines and AirBridgeCargo Airlines), a world leader in transportation of unique, oversize and heavy cargo, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further the Group’s fleet expansion with 20 additional 747-8 Freighters (above), valued at $7.4 billion at list prices.

The agreement also adds the Antonov-124-100 aircraft (below) to the long-term logistics support for Boeing and its partners.

According to Boeing:

Boeing and Volga Dnepr have a long history of successful partnership. The Group has already supported Boeing in a number of shipments. The unique technical abilities of the Antonov 124-100, along with Volga-Dnepr’s 25 years of global operations and experience gained in transportation of aviation equipment, will further serve Boeing’s logistics needs.

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For Volga Dnepr Group, adding more 747-8 Freighters will allow development of the Group’s scheduled business, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), and keep the airline’s high growth rates. Volga-Dnepr Group was the first to order the Boeing 747-8 Freighter in Russia and took delivery of its first 747-8 Freighter in 2012. These additional 20 airplanes will be acquired through a mix of direct purchases and leasing over the next seven years.

The new 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its unique nose door.

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Volga-Dnepr Group has represented the Russian airfreight industry in the international market since 1990. The Group, which includes three leading Russian all-cargo carriers – Volga-Dnepr Airlines, AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Atran Airlines – has a multinational team of 3,500 employees in fifteen countries.

Volga Dnepr currently operates 10 Antonov An-124-100s and five Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VDs, all modified under the Group special upgrade program and capable of flying to any point of the world. The fleet also includes 14 Boeing 747s – comprised of five Boeing 747-400ERFs (Extended Range Freighters), three Boeing 747-400 Freighters, six Boeing 747-8 Freighters – and three Boeing 737-400Fs.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-8HVF VQ-BRJ (msn 37670) taxies at Amsterdam.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov An-124-100 RA-82044 (msn 9773054155109) stops at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Silk Way Airlines signs a firm order for ten Antonov An-178 freighters after the successful first flight

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Silk Way Airlines (Baku) and Antonov on May 7, 2015 signed a contract for the delivery of 10 new An-178 freighters (below).

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According to Wikipedia, the Antonov An-178 is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company and based on the Antonov An-158 (An-148-200). The new type was announced on February 5, 2010 and was rolled out on April 16, 2015. The first flight was conducted successfully on May 7, 2015.

The An-178 is proposed to replace the Antonov An-12, Antonov An-26 and Antonov An-32.[

Interestingly the new An−178 is also equipped with a cargo ramp.

Currently Silk Way operates four Antonov An-12s along with the Ilyushin Il-76s and Il-76TD-90s.

Photo below: Antonov.

Antonov An-178 (Antonov)(LR)


Rossiya Airlines suspends Antonov An-148 scheduled flights

Rossiya Russian Airlines (subsidiary of Aeroflot Russian Airlines) (St. Petersburg) has suspended the operation of  its relatively new six Antonov An-148s from scheduled passenger operations. The new type is more expensive to operate according to ch-aviation quoting company officials. The An-148 is built in the Ukraine. Per Airline Route, the airline operated its last scheduled flight on April 9 from Krasnodar to St. Petersburg. The type was introduced on February 2, 2010 from St. Petersburg to Moscow (Vnukovo).

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Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Antonov An-148-100B RA-61706 (msn 27015040006) prepares to land at Stockholm (Arlanda).

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Polet Flight suspends operations and is placed into receivership

Polet Flight (Polet Airlines) (Voronezh, Russia) suspended passenger and cargo operations on November 24. A Moscow Arbitration Court on November 28, placed the airline into administration (bankruptcy).

The airline was established and commenced operations in 1988.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Polet Flight’s Antonov An-148-100E RA-61710 (msn 4106)  exits the runway at Antalya in the special Ice Hockey Team – CSKA Moscow color scheme.

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Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov An-12 crashes in Algeria, 7 killed

Ukraine Air Alliance An-12 UR-DWF (Grd) LGG (RBX)(LRW)

Ukraine Air Alliance (Kiev) Antonov An-12BK registered as UR-DWF (msn 8345802) (above) operating a cargo flight from Prestwick, Scotland to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea crashed on takeoff from Tamanrasset, Algeria yesterday (August 30) after making a fuel stop. All 7 crew members on board were reported to have died in the crash.

According to Wikipedia the airline was established on February 18, 1992 and started operations in 1993.

Read the full report from CNN: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. UR-DWF is pictured at Liege before the crash.



Sepahan Airlines Iranian-built An-140-100 crashes near Tehran, 48 killed

Sepahan Airlines (Tehran) Hesa IrAn-140-100 registered EP-GPA (msn 9005) (above) has crashed today (August 10) while departing from Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport with 42 passengers and six crew members. The airliner was on a flight to Tabas, Iran. The jetliner crashed into a residential area. All 48 people on board have perished according to the BBC.

According to Wikipedia, the Iranian-built IrAn-140 is a license-built version of the Antonov An-140, assembled by HESA in Shahin Shahr, Iran from complete kits supplied by Antonov.

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Antonov An-12 crashes in Irkutsk, Siberia, nine dead

Irkut Research and Production Corporation Antonov An-12 crashed in Russia last night (December 26). The An-12 was carrying aircraft parts from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk. The aircraft crashed at about 21:45 local time, (12:45 GMT) in the  Batareinaya station of the East Siberian railway during the approach into Irkutsk according to the Voice of Russia.

The six crew members and three passengers died in the crash.

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Angara Airlines to introduce the Antonov An-148-100E in Siberia on December 20

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Angara Airlines (Irkutsk) has taken delivery of three Antonov An-148-100E jetliners. The carrier will introduce the new type on December 20 in Siberia. The airline issued this statement (translated from Russian):

On December 20, the company’s new An-148 will operate flights from Irkutsk to Mirniy, Novosibirsk and also from Novosibirsk to Mirniy. On January 15, 2013 the Russian carrier will start Irkutsk – Yakutsk and Novosibirsk – Chita service with the new type.

According to the remote carrier, the An-148-100E can operate at low temperatures and high mountains and is capable of landing on unprepared landing areas. The aircraft were specially finished. In particular, the fleet has been enhanced with heating of doors and hatches and enhanced engine heating to prevent freezing.

Angara was established in 2000 and belongs to the group of companies known as Eastland. In 2010, Angara merged with Irkutsk Avia.

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Copyright Photos and Images: Angara Airlines.

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Wreckage of Pamir Airways’ Antonov An-24B YA-PIS is located

Pamir Airways’ (Kabul) Antonov An-24B YA-PIS has been located. The airliner disappeared Monday while flying over Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountains with 44 people on board, including six foreigners, officials said.

Photos supplied by NATO forces show that the plane had broken into four pieces that were strewn across a steep mountainside, suggesting that it was unlikely that anyone survived.

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Pamir Airways An-24B YA-PIS crashes in Afghanistan

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Pamir Airways (Kabul) has lost its Antonov An-24B YA-PIS (msn 27307903) today in a remote part of Afghanistan. The aircraft was carrying 44 passengers and crew, including six foreigners, in a mountainous northern region with poor weather.

Rescuers were on their way to the crash site near the 12,700-foot high Salang Pass, a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains that connects the capital to the north. The plane, on a flight from the northern city of Kunduz, went down about 60 miles from Kabul.

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