Freight Atran Airlines leases two GECAS 737-800 freighters
Atran Airlines and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have signed a lease agreement for two 737-800 freighters.
The aircraft are passenger-converted 737-800s and are scheduled for delivery in the remainder of 2018 and in the first half of 2019. With the addition, Atran´s fleet will rise to five aircraft. Currently, the cargo operator flies with three 737-400 freighters. The 737-800 freighter will especially be deployed on Russia-China routes to utilize the cargo capacity in the most efficient way.
Richard Greener, GECAS’ SVP & Manager Cargo Aircraft Group said: “GECAS is excited to provide these converted 737-800 freighters to Atran Airlines as they begin investments in the next generation freighter.”
With the new aircraft, Atran will enhance its short and mid-haul cargo routes, which are the basis of the carrier´s scheduled network. Atran´s main operational base is at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, from where the operator flies to destinations in Europe, Russia and CIS.
Paul Nolan, Cargo Logic Management’s Fleet Development Director added: “These newly converted 737-800 freighters will assist Atran Airlines in achieving its strategic objectives and serving customers in e-commerce and express services on Russia-China routes. Being equipped with CFM56-7B24 engines, the narrow-body 737-800 freighter is able to carry up to 23,5 tonnes of cargo, which will guarantee much-needed capacity”.
As express cargo subsidiary airline of the Volga-Dnepr Group, Atran has specialized on e-commerce shipments and on accommodating cross-border online purchases. Recently, Volga-Dnepr airline AirBridgeCargo has announced, that it will set up its European hub at Liege airport in Belgium.
Atran Airlines was founded in 1942 and belongs to the oldest Russian air freight carriers. The airline joined the Volga-Dnepr Group in 2011 and has since then introduced Boeing 737-400SF´s to their fleet. Atran is an essential player in the group´s short- and medium-haul segment.
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