Atran Airlines, the scheduled express cargo carrier within Volga-Dnepr Group, and GE Capital Aviation Services inked a lease agreement for two 737-800 freighters.
The passenger-converted aircraft are scheduled to be phased in during the remainder of 2018 and in the first half of 2019. They will provide additional capacity to Atran’s existing fleet of three Boeing 737-400 freighters and will increase Altran’s fleet to five.
Boeing 737-800 freighters are well suited for short and mid-range routes which form the basis of Atran’s scheduled network. From its base at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, the carrier provides dedicated cargo services for mail and express shipments on routes linking Europe, Russia and CIS in the most effective manner. The company also specializes in leveraging growing volumes of e-commerce shipments, accommodating cross-border online purchases.
“GECAS is excited to provide these converted 737-800 freighters to Atran Airlines as they begin investments in the next generation freighter,” said Richard Greener, senior vice president and manager of the GECAS Cargo Aircraft Group.
“We are very thankful for GECAS’ support in meeting our growing needs for the latest technology aircraft,” said Paul Nolan, Cargo Logic Management’s Fleet Development Director. “These newly converted 737-800 freighters will assist Atran Airlines in achieving its strategic objectives and serving customers in e-commerce and express services on Russia-China routes. Being equipped with CFM56-7B24 engines, the narrow-body 737-800 freighter is able to carry up to 23,5 tonnes of cargo, which is 3,5 tonnes larger than for Boeing 747-400 freighter and will guarantee much-needed capacity”.
Established in 1942, Atran Airlines is among the oldest Russia-based air freight carriers. Its fleet currently includes three B737-400SFs intended for short- and medium-haul airways. The airplanes are based in Moscow and operate scheduled frequencies on routes between Russia and Europe.
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