Volga-Dnepr Group’s express carrier Atran Airlines has linked Xi’an, China with Moscow, Russia, connecting Chinese retailers with Russian consumers.
The first flight was operated by a Boeing 737-400SF with further plans to deploy a Boeing 737-800BCF with up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight on the route.
The flight was operated with the support and close cooperation of Russian Post.
Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is the second largest airport in Northern China, offering less congestion and welcoming new cargo carriers to accommodate the emerging growth of cross-border e-commerce between China and Russia.
Dmitry Obsharov, general director of Atran Airlines says: “With global e-commerce growing at 20% per year and forecast for a nearly 15% uptick in Russia over the next three-four years, the demand for high-quality air cargo services will be high. We are ready to guarantee this in close partnership with Russian Post and China Post.”
He adds: “Being part of ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, this ancient capital of China will undergo developments which will facilitate its transformation into a multi-modal hub with emerging volumes going through the airport.”