AirBridgeCargo Airlines has had two Boeing 747-8 Freighters delivered by Boeing.
The aircraft are the first to be delivered as part a memorandum of understanding, signed between Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group at the Paris Air Show in June 2015.
The deal is set to see more 747-8F delivered to the carrier and the agreement also adds the Antonov-124-100 aircraft to the long-term logistics support for Boeing and its partners.
ABC executive president, Denis Ilin says: “For Volga Dnepr Group, adding more new generation 747-8 Freighters will allow to secure further development of the Group’s scheduled business, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, and keep the airline’s high growth rates.
“This is a celebration of successful partnership with Boeing, which will enable the airline to continue providing its customers with the exceptional air cargo services they are used to.”
The aircraft will be deployed on the expanding network under winter schedule 2015/2016, between Asia and the US. With today’s deliveries, ABC’s fleet now consists of eight 747-8F, five 747-400 Extended Range Freighters, and two 747-400 Freighters.
The 747-8F offers 16 per cent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400.
Boeing vice president for sales in the Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Marty Bentrott says the two freighters are the 100th 747-8F delivered by Boeing.
“Our enduring partnership with Volga-Dnepr has shown the value that this iconic airplane brings to the air-cargo industry,” he adds.