ATRAN Airlines boosts cargo capacity with fleet expansion

Second 737-800BCF will support Russian firm’s routes to China as it capitalises on expanding markets
Air cargo, Atran Airlines

Russian carrier ATRAN Airlines has added a second Boeing 737-800BCF to its fleet to support emerging cargo volumes from China.

ATRAN, part of the Volga-Dnepr Group, now has six freighters following the introduction of the new Boeing.

The carrier received its first B737-800BCF earlier this year and said a second will allow it to “beef up its service quality” and facilitate further network expansion.

The additional freighter will leverage the burgeoning traffic of e-commerce shipments, including mail consignments, between China, Russia, CIS, and beyond on the backdrop of the growing demand for cross-border purchases.

Dmitry Obsharov, general director of ATRAN Airlines, said: “With the new aircraft in our fleet not only will we be able to expand our current Hangzhou and Xi'an routes and meet the demand of our customers, but also utilize our fleet more efficiently as Boeing737-400SF is not the best freighter to operate these middle-haul flights.

“We have been focused on the expansion of our services and quality enhancement, at the same time offering our customers a wider choice of logistics solutions and e-commerce experience.

“The growing fleet with better capabilities is one of the growth drivers of our volumes, which demonstrated more than 40% uptick for the first 8 months of 2019. As e-commerce bonanza will only deepen, we feel that our services will be of high demand among our customers.”

Step-by-step expansion of ATRAN’s fleet with the gradual launch of new destinations has allowed the carrier to achieve more than 15-fold volume growth from China to Russia, eight-fold increase of domestic traffic, and more than six-fold increase from Europe to Russia. ATRAN’s fleet now consists of four Boeing 737-400SF and 2 Boeing 737-800BCF.

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