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MOSCOW: March 20,2019. Atran Airlines, part of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has acquired its first B737-800BCF, increasing its short-haul Boeing freighter fleet to five.

The Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) carries up to 23 tonnes of revenue payload and is 20 percent more fuel efficient per tonne-kilometre than its predecessors.

First Atran B737 800BCFThe aircraft (pictured with the winglets) has already begun operating flights from Moscow Vnukovo Airport, southwest of the city, to Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk and Yakutsk (Siberia) carrying essential consumer goods including perishables, general cargo and e-commerce shipments.

“As the upgraded version of the Boeing 737, the airplane allows us to offer more maindeck cargo capacity thanks to the aircraft’s extended fuselage, which is six metres longer and broader, explained Atran Airlines general director Dmitry Obsharov. “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.”

Atran Airlines was established in 1942 and became part of the Volga-Dnepr Group in 2011 to operate short- and medium-haul routes from Moscow to points in Russia and Europe. In addition to 12 maindeck pallet positions, its latest aircraft incorporates a reconfigurable cargo handling system for various types of ULDs.

In April last year Boeing delivered its first B737-800BCF to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for operation by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden.

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