Freight Volga-Dnepr receives first Boeing 777 Freighter

Boeing has released, that cargo airline Volga-Dnepr has taken over its first Boeing 777 Freighter.

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Volga-Dnepr has taken delivery of its very first Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft this week. The airframe departed Pain Field in Everett on Monday to land in Sharjah after over 15 hours flight time. AirBridgeCargo, a subsidiary company of Volga-Dnepr will operate the aircraft via a sale and leaseback agreement with the Dubai Aerospace Enterprise DAE.

Firoz Tarapore, DAE’s Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are delighted to welcome Volga-Dnepr Group as our newest customer as they introduce the 777 Freighter to their fleet [...] DAE Capital is the world’s largest lessor of the profitable and efficient 777 Freighter. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Volga-Dnepr Group as they continue to grow their successful operations.”

Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company added: "We are honored to partner with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise and Volga-Dnepr Group to introduce the 777 Freighter to Volga’s customers [...] We look forward to introducing the unsurpassed efficiency and capability of the 777 Freighter to complement Volga’s existing fleet.”

The Volga-Dnepr Group operates with one of the largest Boeing freighter fleets. In total, the group is flying 17 Boeing 747 freighters, five 737 freighters, 13 747-8F, four 747-400ERF, two 737-800BCF and three 737-400SF.

This latest addition to the fleet shows the ambitions of the group to further expand the network and the operations. With the 777 freighter, Volga-Dnepr will be able to transport more cargo in the most efficient way.

Boeings 777 freighter can fly up to 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometres) with a payload of 224,900 lbs. (102,010 kg), more than any other twin-engine freighter. With the cabin, the 777 freighter can transport 3-meter tall pallets.

Since Boeing´s 777 freighter program started in 2005, the manufacturer has received orders for 231 aircraft in total. Volga-Dnepr has now become the 19th operator to date to use the twin-engine freighter.

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