Volga-Dnepr Group has welcomed the 10th Boeing 747-8 Freighter to its fleet, as it celebrates launching twice-weekly services to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The aircraft, painted in AirBridgeCargo colours, was received at a handover ceremony in Everett, Washington, increasing its 747 fleet to 16. The handover also celebrated the launch of ABC’s twice-weekly 747-8F services to Sea-Tac to Moscow via Chicago and Europe.
Volga-Dnepr Group president, Alexey Isaykin says: “The addition of Seattle to AirBridgeCargo’s growing international network and the delivery of our latest -8 Freighter is not only strategically important to the development of ABC, it also allows our Group to fulfill its obligations under the long-term logistics support program agreement with Boeing and its partners for the transportation of aerospace cargoes.”
“For Volga-Dnepr Group, we are confident our fleet of An-124 and 747 freighters will enable us to successfully compete and fulfill our commitments to our customers.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president, Russia, Central Asia and Middle East sales, Marty Bentrott says: “We are confident that the tenth Boeing 747-8F delivered to Volga-Dnepr Group will help the company to implement its ambitious plans in the global cargo transportation market.”
“In return, the Boeing Company intends to support and maintain this strategic partnership, which combines the strengths of our companies and our unique experience of developing joint solutions in the interests of aerospace industry customers.”
Volga-Dnepr confirmed its order for 20 new 747-8Fs in July, and has delivered five so far and future deliveries will lead to it phase out 747-400F.