Volga-Dnepr ramps up its freighter fleet

VOLGA-Dnepr Airlines of Russia has confirmed it will take delivery of its fourth and fifth new generation Il-76TD-90VD freighters in 2011 and 2012, as it continues to receive strong international demand for the aircraft.

The Russian outsize and heavyweight cargo airline took delivery of a third Il-76TD-90VD in May and, according to Dennis Gliznoutsa (right), group commercial director (charters), its unique operating capabilities mean even with the new aircraft, Volga-Dnepr is regularly facing ‘supply and demand’ challenges to meet the level of charter requests for the freighter.

“Making a strategic commitment to building the new Il-76TD-90VD has proven to be a very successful decision because as we have said from the outset, this aircraft has no directly comparable freighter alternative. It is approved for global operations and has a payload of up to 50 tonnes, more efficient operating costs, lower fuel burn and greater geographic range compared to the old version of the Il-76. The commercial launch of the Il-76TD-90VD has completely re-energised the market.”

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