Third giant freighter for Volga-Dnepr

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A third IL-76TD-90VD freighter is to join Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ fleet in April, taking the group’s investment in the modernized aircraft to over US$90 million.

The IL-76TD-90VD has a capacity of 50 tonnes and is capable of transporting outsized cargo to practically any airfield worldwide.

Old versions of the IL-76 have been banned from Europe’s skies since 2000 after failing to meet noise and emissions requirements imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The IL-76TD-90VD’s transport cost per tonne of cargo is half the cost of using a C130 Hercules.

The Group expects its investment in the 50 tonnes capacity ramp loading freighter to double as more new aircraft join its fleet to meet demand. Volga-Dnepr has already signed a contract for another two aircraft which are scheduled for delivery in 2011.

Dennis Gliznoutsa, group commercial director (charters) for Volga-Dnepr,  pointed out that the IL-76TD-90VD could  operate a direct flight from Europe to Kabul and it was also the only aircraft capable of delivering urgently-needed relief supplies from the USA and Canada to Haiti after the recent earthquake.”


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