Volga-Dnepr Group which consists of Volga-Dnepr, AirBridgeCargo and ATRAN airlines has phased in its first Boeing 777F. The freighter, which has been recently certified in Russia, will be part of AirBridgeCargo’s (ABC) fleet.
The first commercial flight en-route Seoul (South Korea) from Domodedovo (Moscow, Russia) was welcomed by the top management of Volga-Dnepr Group, Boeing Corporation and GE Healthcare.
The Boeing 777F will enable ABC to offer more optimised delivery options for its customers and is to be deployed on the Trans-Siberian route. It is the largest twin-engine freighter with up to 106 tonnes of payload which complements ABC’s already extensive fleet of Boeing 747Fs and gives more flexibility in terms of special and general cargo transportation.
Tatyana Arslanova, Chief Executive Officer of Volga-Dnepr Group commented, “We would like to thank our personnel and specialists, partners and customers for this great milestone at the turn of 2021 when airfreight is in high demand, especially for healthcare, e-commerce and essential cargoes transportations.”
“2020 has put the air cargo at the front. Air carriers continued delivering much-needed medical cargoes – PPE, vaccines, medicines, medical equipment and other items to combat COVID-19 spread. We are positive that the new freighter type within AirBridgeCargo’s fleet will open new opportunities for other carriers operating to/from Domodedovo airport,” said Igor Borisov, Director of Domodedovo Airport.
Natalia Butrova, Logistics Leader Russia & CIS, GE Healthcare highlighted, “Timely delivery of sophisticated medical equipment stays one of the top tasks during these difficult times. Time-wise, airfreight is the most preferred transportation mode, which, coupled with safety and security, is very important for us. For more than 30 years GE Healthcare has been providing sophisticated diagnostic medical equipment, including computerised tomographs and ultrasound systems. Thanks to our partnership the Russian doctors and patients could access essential technologies within the shortest timeframes.”
GE Healthcare is a major customer of the Volga-Dnepr Group and has been supplying high-tech diagnostic medical equipment to Russia for over 30 years.