Boeing 777 Freighter Joins the Volga-Dnepr Group’s AirBridgeCargo Subsidiary
Boeing announced on Monday that Volga-Dnepr has taken delivery of a Boeing 777 Freighter which will join the company’s AirBridgeCargo subsidiary. The aircraft will complement Volga-Dnepr’s existing fleet of 24 Boeing freighters.
Today (August 17, 2020), Boeing announced that Volga-Dnepr has taken delivery of a 777 Freighter which will join the company’s existing fleet of 24 Boeing freighters. The new aircraft will be operated by the company’s AirBridgeCargo subsidiary under a sale-leaseback agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE). Volga-Dnepr is one of the world’s leading operators of Boeing freighters with a fleet of 17 Boeing 747Fs and five 737Fs including 13 747-8F, four 747-400ERF, two 737-800BCF and three 737-400SFs models. In Monday’s announcement, Boeing’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Ihssane Mounir said,
“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.”
Also commenting on today’s delivery, DAE’s Chief Executive Officer, Firoz Tarapore added,
“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.”
Boeing’s 777 Freighter has a range of 4,970 nautical miles (9, 200 km) and can carry a payload of 224,900 lbs. (102,019 kg), more cargo capacity than any other twin-engine freighter. The Boeing 747F and 777F are the only production freighters capable of carrying tall and outsized cargo loads on three meter tall pallets, which enables interchangeable pallets between both models. Additionally, the 777F main-deck cargo door is extra-wide at 3.73 meters (146.5 inches), giving the aircraft additional outsized cargo capability. Boeing provides over 90 percent of the world’s dedicated freighter capacity, and since being introduced in 2007, the 777 Freighter has received 231 orders. With Monday’s delivery, Volga Dnepr becomes the 19th operator of the efficient, large-capacity, twin engine freighter.