AirBridgeCargo applies to return freighters to lessors

Russian media has reported that AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has applied to the Russian Ministry of Transport with a request to return 14 freighters to foreign lessors.

According to the Russia-based Kommersant newspaper Volga-Dnepr Group-owned ABC plans to return 14 out of 16 cargo Boeing 747s, all of which are stored at Sheremetyevo Airport.

The publication said another AirBridgeCargo Boeing aircraft has been in Sharjah, UAE since February, and another, according to Flightradar24, is at Marana Airport in the US.

“In May, a Kommersant source spoke about the start of negotiations with the lessor Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (UAE) on the return of aircraft for subsequent transfer to Etihad for financial leasing,” added Kommersant. “The Volga-Dnepr Group expected that they would be able to jointly operate these aircraft by re-registering the Russian company to a new legal entity within the joint venture.”

S7 also intends to get rid of two Boeing 737-8 MAX not certified in Russia.

Application were made to the Ministry in April and May, however, according to Kommersant, the Ministry has not yet responded.

Air Cargo News contacted Volga-Dnepr for comment on the above developments and also requested an update on the employment status of ABC staff in Europe, however, the company said that it would not be issuing a response.

Under sanctions following the start of the Ukraine-Russia war, aircraft lessors have been instructed to terminate any lease deals they have with Russian airlines.

This forced the airline to ground operations earlier this year.

BOC Aviation has already regained one of the three aircraft it had leased to the carrier.

In April, the Russian government has signed an “unprecedented” deal with the Volga-Dnepr Group for the creation of air bridges between Russia and several countries to carry critical goods.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]