Russian express carrier Atran Airlines has marked the start of the new year by taking delivery of a Boeing 737-400 BCF – expanding its fleet to four freighters.
The additional aircraft will support the Volga-Dnepr Group carrier’s growing volumes, especially e-commerce shipments which now constitute a major part of Atran’s traffic.
The B737-400 BCF will be deployed on existing routes between Russia, the CIS and Europe and will guarantee dedicated airlift for mail and express goods.
Atran Airlines general director, Dmitry Obsharov said: “The Boeing 737-400 BCF forms the backbone of our unified fleet and is ideal for mid- and short-haul distances thanks to its characteristics and technical capabilities.
“With an additional freighter in our fleet, we will be able to cater to the needs of our customers in the most effective manner, guaranteeing speed, schedule integrity, and much-needed capacity in the market.”
The freighter can carry up to 23 tonnes within a flight range of 3,700 kilometres. The aircraft is equipped with a maindeck side cargo door and a loading system enabling it to stow 11 standard aviation pallets and containers in the cargo compartment.
Atran’s enlarged fleet will also facilitate the cargo growth of Volga-Dnepr Group, which consists of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, and Atran Airlines.