Volga-Dnepr Group’s express carrier, Atran Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800BCF, increasing its fleet to five aircraft.
The new freight has already operated its first flights from Moscow Vnukovo to Norilsk and Yakutsk carrying consumer goods for the population of the Siberian and Far Eastern parts of Russia including perishables, general cargo and e-commerce shipments.
The 737-800BCF can accommodate 11 standard aviation pallets and incorporates a reconfigurable cargo handling system, which can be adjusted for various types of ULDs.
Its advanced technical characteristics, together with ICAO Stage 4 noise certification make it ideal for short and medium-haul cargo operations, particularly for express and mail consignments.
Dmitry Obsharov, general director of Atran Airlines says the aircraft has more technical and operational capabilities.
He says: “This allows us to offer more maindeck cargo capacity thanks to the aircraft’s extended fuselage, which is 6 metres longer and broader, increasing the solutions we can offer for the transportation of various types of shipments, including oversized freight which can be loaded through the wider maindeck cargo door.”
Obsharov adds: “We are confident that this new aircraft type we will be able to guarantee high-service quality for our customers, leveraging trade flows in the markets we serve, with a special focus on China-Russia routes and the emerging volumes of cross-border e-commerce and mail shipments. It will also help to increase aircraft utilisation within our existing network.”