As previously reported by Air Cargo News, Boeing signed a deal at the Farnborough Airshow with Russian heavylift airline Volga-Dnepr Group for 20 747-8 Freighters, including four that have already been delivered. It also includes an agreement for long-term logistics support for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and its partners using Boeing 747-8 and Antonov 124-100 freighter aircraft.
A long-term operator of the 747-8, Volga-Dnepr will use the new aircraft to increase the fleet of its AirBridgeCargo subsidiary and replace 747-400s through a mix of direct purchases and leasing over the next six years.
Volga-Dnepr currently operates 12 Antonov 124-100, 5 IL-76TD-90VD, 16 Boeing 747s (five Boeing 747-400ERFs, three Boeing 747-400 Freighters and eight Boeing 747-8F Freighters) and three Boeing 737-400Fs.
It is one of the leading carriers of aerospace cargo, which generates over 30% of its revenues.