AirBridgeCargo agreed with Boeing for landing gear exchange

The program covers repair and exchange of landing gear, and elements of gear extension units The program covers repair and exchange of landing gear, and elements of gear extension units (Photo by AirBridgeCargo)

Boeing signed an agreement with Russia’s largest cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo to provide overhauled landing gear components for the airline’s Boeing 747-8Fs in exchange for spare parts that need repairs. The program that covers repairs and overhauls, frees the carrier of the necessity to purchase components separately, the companies said in a joint statement.

AirBridgeCargo’s parent company Volga-Dnepr explained to Russian Aviation Insider that the agreement covers gear struts and extension units. The respective works will be carried out during overhauls, which take place every ten years.

The program covers all of the airline’s nine Boeing 747-8Fs. AirBridgeCargo plans to expand the fleet of this type to 18 more aircraft. Seven aging Boeing 747-400F that the carrier operates at the moment are not included in the agreement.

Boeing is the exclusive provider of landing gear repair and exchange program management, Volga-Dnepr said.

In the first 11 months of last year AirBridgeCargo carried 456,900 tons of cargo, which was down 2.8% from the same period last year. The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 747s only.

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