Volga-Dnepr receives 10th Boeing 747-8F
Russian largest cargo air carrier, the Volga-Dnepr airline group, received its 10th Boeing 747-8F last week, Boeing reports. This is likely to be the fifth out of 20 aircraft of the type ordered by the group.
The aircraft it will be operated by AirBridgeCargo airline, a subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr group. This is the ninth Boeing 747-8F in its fleet. Upon receiving the new freighter AirBridgeCargo is expected to phase out its aged Boeing 747-400F. According to the Federal Air Transport Agency, as of September 2016 the carrier operated seven aged aircraft.
Another Boeing 747-8F is operated by the British cargo airline CargoLogicAir that was created with Volga-Dnepr support.
Volga-Dnepr has become the third largest operator of Boeing 747-8Fs together with American Atlas Air. Both have 10 aircraft of the type in their fleets. The leaders are Luxembourg Cargolux and Hong Kong Cathay Pacific, each having 14 such freighters
Given that the Boeing 747 project is chuting Volga-Dnepr is named as a possible rescuer of the jumbo jet program. However the experts urge not to overestimate the importance of the order: some of the aircraft to be delivered have either already been built or had previously been rejected by other clients.
It’s worth mentioning that despite transferring 20 Boeing 747-8Fs to Volga-Dnepr into a firm order, it is not stated in the official Boeing stats. As of the end of September 2016 the group is to receive two more aircraft.
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