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Name: VOLGA-DNEPR AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: VDA
Status: Operational
Region: CIS
City: ULYANOVSK
Country: RUSSIA
Employees 730
Web: vda.ru
Email: sales@volga-dnepr.com
Telephone: +7 (8422) 590 059
Fax: +7 (8422) 590 142
Sita: ULYOOVI
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VDA-2004-03-RUSLAN PRODUCTION
VDA-2004-05-IPO SOON
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VDA-2004-07-ABC TO CHINA
VDA-2004-09-ABC PROGRESS
VDA-2005-10-AN-124 PRODUCTION
VDA-2005-10-IL-96-400T
VDA-2005-11-AN-124 STC
VDA-2006-01-A-EXPANSION
VDA-2006-02-A-IL-76TD
VDA-2010-02 AN-124 BOOST
VDA-2010-08-20 YRS
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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1991. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
14 KARBYSHEVA STREET
432072 ULYANOVSK, RUSSIA

Russia (Russian Federation) was established in 1991, it covers an area of 17,075,400 sq km, its population is 148.4 million, its capital city is Moscow, and its official language is Russian.

SEPTEMBER 1995: TO THE US & CHINA. ULYANOVSK VOSTOCHNY, TO HOUSTON, AND TIANJIN. CARGO CHARTERS TO >100 COUNTRIES.

ENTERED A MARKETING AGREEMENT WITH HEAVYLIFT (HVL), STANSTED, ENGLAND, OFFERING 150T (385,000 LBS) PAYLOAD AN-124F'S, THE "MIGHTY RUSLAN" (CREW FLIGHT 6, TECHNICAL 12).

OCTOBER 1995: NEW ROUTES TO TIANJIN, CHANGCHUN, DALIAN, QINGDAO, SHANGHAI, SHENYANG, & SHENZEN, WITHIN NEXT 12 MONTHS. NEW ROUTE: SHENYANG (IL-76TD). APPLIED FOR MOSCOW, & NY.

JULY 1996: 1ST 6 MONTHS = SALES BOOM, WITH HEAVY DEMAND FOR ITS 6 AN-124-100 RUSLANS = +55% TO $44 MILLION. NOW HAS 60% OF THE OUTSIZE-CARGO MARKET, HELPED BY (HVL). OVERALL SALES, INCLUDING OPERATIONS OF 4 IL-76'S = +33% TO $46.7 MILLION.

1,070 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 170 FLIGHT CREW (FC).

NOVEMBER 1996: STARTED SCHEDULED PASSENGER SERVICES TO MOSCOW, WITH YAK-40, 30 PASSENGERS (PAX), LEASED.

JANUARY 1997: 11 MONTH SALES VOLUME = $95 MILLION (+23%). AN-124-100 BUSINESS TOTALED $86.9 MILLION (+40%). AN-12 & AN-32 FELL BY 40%.

MAY 1997: BUILDS 20,000 SQ FT FACILITY IN SHANNON, IRELAND, TO MAINTAIN ITS AN-124'S.

JUNE 1997: APPLIED FOR ROUTE TO NEW YORK, SINCE KRASAIR (ZKD) ENDED DC-10-30 SERVICE. PLANS TO WET-LEASE EVERGREEN INTERNATIONAL (EVR) 747-200F FOR NOVOSIBIRSK, TO NEW YORK, VIA LUXEMBOURG, & BEYOND TO SHANGHAI, CHINA.

AUGUST 1997: 1 747-200F, (EVR) WET-LEASED, FOR SERVICE TO USA.

SEPTEMBER 1997: STARTED PASSENGER SERVICES. SERVICE TO MOSCOW, ST PETERSBURG, AND SOCHI, THAT USED TO BE OPERATED BY NOW DEFUNCT, SIMBIRSK AVIA, & ACQUIRED ITS 6 YAK-40'S.

4 ORDERS (1998-10) IL-96T FREIGHTERS (PW2337).

NOVEMBER 1997: 2 ORDERS TU-204'S (RB211-535E4), ALLIED SIGNAL AVIONICS, LEASED.

(rogov@voldn.ru).

APRIL 1998: 1,070 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 170 FLIGHT CREW (FC)).

JULY 1998: STARTED ALL-CARGO CHARTER OPERATIONS AT FAIRBANKS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ALASKA, USING AN-124'S.

DECEMBER 1998: INCDT: VOLGA-DNEPR (VDA) AN-124 (RA-82046) OVERRAN RUNWAY AT GANDER, SUSTAINING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO #3 & #4 ENGINES.

APRIL 1999: 760 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 334 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 134 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 200 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

SITA: ULYDMVI. ULYOOVI.

SEPTEMBER 1999: PLANS FOR SCHEDULED ALL-CARGO SERVICE TO CHINA IN 2000, WITH LINKS TO EUROPE AND POSSIBLY THE USA. WILL WET-LEASE IL-96'S OR TU-204C'S. ACQUIRES 8TH AN-124, EX-TITAN AIRWAYS (TIU), +1 ORDER BY THE END OF 1999, ALSO EX-(TIU). A 10TH, PRESENTLY STORED UNFINISHED, MAY BE BOUGHT FROM AVISTAR.

OCTOBER 1999: 1998 = +$2.5 MILLION.

NOVEMBER 1999: AN-124-100 (977305E+12, RA-82074), AND 1 IL-76TD (73477323, EW-76737) DELIVERIES.

DECEMBER 1999: 1 ORDER (2000-03) 747-200F FOR FREIGHT SERVICES, FROM ITS ULYANOVSK-VOSTOCHNI BASE, TO CHINA, AND EUROPE.

FEBRUARY 2000: 1 IL-96TD (1033418616, RA-76842) DELIVERY.

MARCH 2000: COMPLETES UPGRADE OF NEW NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT ON AN-124 (RA-82078).

APRIL 2000: 1999 = 254 MILLION (FTK) (+32%), 33,000 METRIC TONS (+43.7%). 85% FROM JOINT VENTURE WITH UK HEAVYLIFT (HVL).

THE "MIGHTY RUSLAN" AN-124-100, HAS 405,OOO KILOGRAM GROSS WEIGHT, WITH A PAYLOAD CAPACITY >120,000 KG. IT HAS A 41-METER-LONG, CARGO COMPARTMENT. AT MAXIMUM PAYLOAD, RANGE IS 3,900 KM.

SECURES $1.5 MILLION LOAN FROM EX-IM BANK TO INSTALL HONEYWELL (SGC) TRAFFIC COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM (TCAS) IN ITS CARGO FLEET AIRPLANES.

726 EMPLOYEES. SITA: ULYDMVI & ULYOOVI.

THE KASKOL GROUP, WHICH IS A PRIVATELY OWNED RUSSIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY INVESTOR, ACQUIRES A 16% STAKE IN VOLGA-DNEPR AIRLINES (VDA).

MAY 2000: NEW CARGO SERVICE BETWEEN EUROPE AND RUSSIA, CENTRAL ASIA, AND CHINA, CALLED "EUROASIA EXPRESS" = PRAGUE, ULYANOVSK, AND NOVOSIBIRSK, TO BEIJING, TAIJIN, AND SHANGHAI (IL-76TD).

JULY 2000: 1999 = 8 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC, 81.9% LF LOAD FACTOR; 254 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+32%); 11,000 PASSENGERS (PAX), 726 EMPLOYEES.

1 AN-124-100 DELIVERY. 1 IL-76T (0013428831, RA-76731), REMEX LEASED.

AUGUST 2000: IN COOPERATION WITH ANTONOV DESIGN BUREAU, WILL EXTEND LIFE OF ITS AN-124'S FROM 8 TO 12,000 HOURS, & THEN TO 24,000 HOURS = 6,000 CYCLES OR 25 YEARS OF OPERATIONS. ALL NEW AN-124'S TO HAVE 24,000 HOURS APPROVAL.

(http://www.voldn.ru).

NEW 10TH AN-124-100 HAS TECHNICIANS REST AREA, ORLAN (VHF) 8.33 KHZ RADIO, AND HONEYWELL (TCAS)-200/(RVSM)/BRNAV-5 SYSTEMS.

FEBRUARY 2001: TERMINATES ITS JOINT VENTURE (JV) WITH HEAVYLIFT (HVL) AFTER 10 YEARS OPERATIONS.

VOLGA-DNEPR (AIRLINES (VDA) RECEIVES THE AIR TRANSPORT WORLD (ATW) MAGAZINE AWARD FOR "BEST CARGO DEVELOPMENT."

APRIL 2001: 726 EMPLOYEES.

JUNE 2001: VOLGA-DNEPR (AIRLINES (VDA) SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ATLAS AIR (TLS) FOR THEM TO ACT AS USA GENERAL SALES AGENT FOR CARRYING OUTSIZE CARGO, WITH AN-124-100'S.

NOVEMBER 2001: COMPLETES 2ND OPERATIONS FOR UNITED NATIONS (UN), AIRLIFTING PEACE-KEEPING FORCES AND EQUIPMENT TO KINSHASA FROM LIBREVILLE. OVER 2 WEEKS, 2 AN-124-100'S CARRIED >1,000 TONNES OF EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING POWERED VEHICLES, TRUCKS, AND AUTOMOBILES.

FEBRUARY 2002: MAY ACQUIRE 2 USED AN-124'S FROM RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.

PLANS TO APPLY FOR EUROPEAN TYPE CERTIFICATION (PROCESS MAY TAKE AT LEAST 1 YEAR).

2001 = 23,000 TONNES (31,600), HOWEVER, INCREASED ITS SHARE OF WORLD'S OVERSIZED CARGO MARKET TO 47%.

APRIL 2002: 873 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 185 FLIGHT CRE4W (FC), 37 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 154 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAIN BASE: ULYANOVSK (VOSTOCHNY INTERNATIONAL) AIRPORT (ULY).

SITA: ULYDMVI ULYOOVI.

July 2002: ILFC (ILF) provides $29.9 Million, 10-year loan to Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA), to finance completion of An-124-120 heavylifter manufacturing at the Ulyanovsk-based, Aviastar-SP plant. The new airplane, scheduled to fly in 2003, will be (VDA)'s 10th. The (ILF) loan is a noteworthy event for Russia's civil aviation sector: it is the 1st, foreign, commercial credit, provided without Russian state guarantees, and is targeted to Russian-made airplane manufacturing. (VDA) plans to acquire at least +5 An-124-100F's.

August 2002: 12th anniversary!

(hq@vda.ru). 730 employees.

In 2001, had 52% of outsize, super heavy loads world market. Also has expanded its passenger segment with 2 scheduled services, using Yak-40's, to Moscow (daily), and to Nizhny Novgorod, the capital of Povolzhye Federal district (3/week). Also, maintains passenger services to Russia's Black Sea resorts, of Sochi, and Gelendjik, in the summer season.

September 2002: Since 1994, (VDA) has flown missions for a long string of United Nation (UN)-sponsored operations from Africa to the Far East. Most recently, (VDA) became the 1st civil cargo operator to fly into Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, after the fall of the Taliban forces. Since its 1st mission in December 2001, (VDA) has made >210 charter flights to the country under contract to the (UN), the World Food Program, and individual national governments of the allied coalition. Some of the airplanes operated out of Bagram airforce base, which is still considered one of the most difficult destinations to fly to. Bagram is a hot-and-high airfield, hedged by high mountains. There are no navigation aids and very basic air traffic control facilities. All approaches are therefore visual.

The An-124-100's have an avionics suite, including a Garmin-155 (GPS) satellite navigation receiver, and a Honeywell Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS), and are supported by Russian-built A-822-20 ground mapping radar, for use when radar coverage is limited, or nonexistent.

1st 6 months = 14,000 metric tons of freight to Afghanistan, from airports in North America, Australia, and Europe, which amounted to 60% of total cargo volume carried by (VDA). Afghan traffic helped boost 1st 6 months revenue by two-thirds, to $80.6M, (VDA)'s most successful performance ever.

October 2002: (VDA) has suspended funding completion of the 10th An-124-100M, at the Aviastar factory, in Ulyanovsk, over a dispute with regional authorities, which resulted in the local govt recently seizing the airplane. (VDA) is considering moving from Ulyanovsk, to escape the alleged interference. The disagreement began, when the founder of the Aviastar shareholder, Sirocco, Egyptian Dr Ibrahim Kamel, allegedly refused to bribe Ulyanovsk bureaucrats and businessmen, in exchange for their loyalty and non-interference with Aviastar. These actions have paralyzed Aviastar, and forced Sirocco, to stop financing 5 Tu-204-120's, which were ordered from Aviastar by 2 Chinese carriers (China Northwest (CNW) & China Southwest (XIN). (VDA) is considering moving to another region, that has a better business and investment climate. (VDA) states they are known as a Russian company with "a clear accounting system and good business reputation. We are moving from Ulyanovsk in order to preserve these qualities." The move may require revising the investment agreement with (ILF), for the loan of $29.9 Million for completion of the Ruslan, at Aviastar.

November 2002: Plans to lease 4 An-140's, and 3 An-148's, for services between Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, and Ulyanovsk.

February 2003: Plans to form subsidiary, operating 2 747F's for scheduled cargo flights by October 2003.

Il-76TD (1043418628, RA-76366) delivery.

April 2003: Teams with Avistar on marketing, post-sale maintenance, quality assurance, and financing of AN-124-100's and TU-204's. Avistar is currently building (VDA)'s 10th An-124.

850 employees (including 185 Flight Crew (FC). (leon@msk.vda.ru).

June 2003: Will soon take delivery of its first new-generation An-124-100M freighter. The modified airplane offers an increased payload capacity of 150 tonnes and an (MTOW) of 402 tonnes. It has been financed with a $29.9 Million loan from International Finance Corporation.

July 2003: 730 employees. SITA: ULYOOVI.

(http://www.vda.ru). (hq@vda.ru).

Appoints former Atlas Air (TLS) executive, Stan Wraight, as Executive Director of its new scheduled cargo operation.

September 2003: 10 orders Il-76F's and 6 orders Il-96-400's. Il-76TD (0043452546, RA-76591) delivery.

October 2003: IL-76TD-90VD (PS-90A-76), with glass cockpit, delivered from TAPO.

November 2003: Buys 2 747-400F's along with extra engines and parts from Alitalia (ALI).

December 2003: Will call its new cargo subsidiary scheduled operation "Air Bridge Cargo." Operations with 2 747-200F's, ex-Alitalia (ALI) are due to start in April 2004. It will operate from Luxembourg via Moscow and from Novosibirsk to Shanghai (Pudong), and Tianjin, near Beijing.

March 2004: Air Bridge Cargo signed a long term contract with Unipool, a Swiss-based ULD management control and pooling company.

April 2004: 747-243F (22545, VP-BIB), ex-Alitalia (ALI), Adventar leased for Air Bridge Cargo operations.

May 2004: Plans for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2005.

2nd 747-243F delivery. An-124-100M (9773051462165, RA-82081) delivery.

August 2004: General sales agency (GSA) agreement with Air Canada (ACN) to act as (VDA)'s exclusive (GSA) to the Canadian governmental agencies for the provision of An-124-100 & Il-76 charter services.

(MOU) 3 orders An-148's. 2 IL-76TD's (0043458700, RA-76493; 0043452546, RA-76591), to Airline Transport.

December 2004: 730 employees.

March 2005: In June 2005, will flight test new Il-76F designed to meet (ICAO) noise and emissions standards. Designated the Il-76TD-90VD, the airplane is fitted with Perm PS-90A-76 engines at a cost of $4.3 Million each. It is being built at Tashkent's TAPO aircraft plant under a joint program involving Volga-Dnepr (VDA), Ilyushin Aviation Corp, Perm and TAPO.

April 2005: Stan Wright, VP Cargo Operations, AirBridge.

May 2005: Has extended its heavyweight and outsize air cargo services in Afghanistan to include Kandahar and Heart. Since December 2001, has operated >570 cargo flights into Kabul using An-124-100 and Il-76 freighters.

June 2005: 2004 revenue = $300 Million (2nd highest in its 15-year history). Its An-124 fleet contributed $225 Million during the year and it controlled roughly 54% of the world's outsize and heavyweight air cargo transportation market. Transportation volume reached 431,973 ton-kilometers.

In addition, the group entered the scheduled cargo market last year with the launch of its subsidiary Air Bridge Cargo (ABC) in May 2004. It has operated 747's between Europe and Asia and in its first 8 months carried some 17,000 tonnes, reaching sales of $45.8 Million.

June 2005: 2 orders (2006-12) Il-96-400T, freighters, as launch customer. Will have a cargo capacity of 92 tonnes and a range of 5,000 km. Will be operated by Air Bridge Cargo (ABC).

July 2005: Dennis Gliznoutsa, Group Commercial Director succeeded Tony Bauckham, now Managing Director, Volga-Dnepr UK. Gliznoutska will be based at London Stansted and be responsible for all sales and marketing of An-124-100's and IL-76's.

August 2005: 5 orders (2008-02) An-124-100M-150 freighters from Aviastar-SP. The freighter is an improved version of the An-124 outsize and heavyweight cargo airplane and has a capacity of up to 150 tonnes. The announcement came a day after Volga-Dnepr Group reached agreement with Russia's Vnesheconombank regarding financing arrangements for the resumption of An-124-100 production and the IL-76 freighter modernization program.

Volga-Dnepr Group (VDA), Antonov Design Bureau and Aviastar-SP Aircraft Factory signed an agreement at the Moscow Air Show to establish a branch of Antonov Design Bureau at the Aviastar-SP factory in Ulyanovsk. Earlier this week, Volga-Dnepr said it would acquire five An-124s. It called the new agreement "another significant step towards relaunching serial production of the 150-tonne capacity An-124 cargo airplane."

747-329F (24837, VP-BIC), EAST leased, wet-leased to Airbridge Cargo (ABC).

November 2005: Volga Dnepr (VDA) has placed an order for 2 747-400ERF (Extended Range Freighters). Delivery of the new airplanes is due in October 2007 and February 2008.

December 2005: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group said revenues for the first nine months of 2005 totaled $308 million. Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and AirBridge Cargo (ABC) had combined revenues of $254 million. Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) claims a 54% share in the movement of super-heavy and outsize cargo. Its fleet of 10 An-124-100s and Il-76s generated revenues of $189 million over the nine months, up +10% over last year. AirBridge Cargo (ABC), the scheduled cargo airline, had revenues of $65 million from the operation of two 747-200Fs. A 747-300F joined the fleet in October.

January 2006: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group said its first new-build IL-76TD-90VD freighter received Chapter 4 noise certification from (ICAO). The company has ordered two of the 50-tonne freighters, which are equipped with PS-90A-76 engines and new avionics.

March 2006: Russian airlines reported a combined -RUB2.2 billion/-$78.7 million drop in net profit in 2005, according to a statement from the Federal Air Transport Agency cited by Russian media. Revenues increased +10% to RUB180 billion against a +20% lift in costs. The number of passengers grew +3.9% to 35.1 million and passenger revenues rose +3.4%.

June 2006: Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) specializes in outsize cargo operations using the world's largest fleet of An-124's.

730 employees.

(IATA) Code: VI - 412. (ICAO) Code: VDA (Callsign - VOLGA DNEPR).

Parent organization/shareholders: OOO BDK Invest (19.885%); JSC Kaskol Group (8.367%); Antonov (2.911%); & Progress (1.889%).

Main Base: Ulyanosk-Vostochny International airport (ULY).

Hub: Krasnoyarsk-Yemeljanovo airport (KJA).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Cheboksary; Gelendzik; Moscow; Nizhniy Novgorod; Penza; & Ulyanovsk.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Antonov Airlines (ADB) have been awarded a lucrative contract by the European Union (EU) and (NATO) to support their Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) project. The 3-year contract with an option to extend to 2012, will utilize 6 An-124-100's.

July 2006: Outsize-freight specialist carriers Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and Antonov Airlines (ADB), which operate a combined 17 of the 23 massive An-124s in commercial service worldwide, are teaming to launch a joint-venture (JV) marketing company aimed at streamlining management of their respective fleets. Both carriers "will continue to operate as separate and distinct," according to Volga-Dnepr, but the new Joint Venture (JV) known as "Ruslan International" will provide more flexibility for the airlines' often-pressed An-124s.

Volga-Dnepr (VDA), which operates 10 An-124s, and Antonov (ADB), which operates seven, conduct most of their flights on an ad hoc basis. While both Russia-based airlines serve some customers under long-term contracts, the vast majority of business is responding to an urgent need to ship high volumes quickly. This means the carriers often have to scramble to find the right airplane at the right time to load odd-shaped cargo for carriage to airports all over the world, often to remote destinations.

Ruslan will allow the duo to cross-market and pick a convenient An-124 from either fleet to handle a given project. It also will include joint pools of spare parts and loading equipment.

"Joint fleet management under the Ruslan International structure will enable both airlines to reliably service the ad hoc charter market while at the same time performing their long-term commitments to corporate and government customers," Volga-Dnepr (VDA) said. The (JV) will allow "both airlines to maintain efficient pricing based upon airplane location," the carrier said.

Ownership and shareholding of the new company have not been "fully determined," but Volga-Dnepr (VDA) said the management team "will be drawn from experienced executives of both airlines."

The Ruslan International joint venture formed by Stansted-based Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VNA) and Antonov Airlines (ADB) is in response to the successful launch in February of the Ruslan Salis (strategic airlift interim solution) project, which essentially commits two An-124 freighters on standby and up to four on call to a specific customer, understood to be NATO (NAT). Salis is initially a three-year contract with a possible extension for a further year. With these two airplanes committed and other maintenance requirements, the two airlines were anxious to ensure that "the commercial market will not notice the lack of capacity," Dennis Gliznoutsa, Volga-Dnepr UK Group Commercial Director, said.

Volga-Dnepr (VDA) President, Alexey Isaikin said that "during the last three years, there has been an increase in the number of requests for guaranteed assured availability of the Antonov 124 for government or military purposes. At the same time, commercial demand is increasing. As it is not possible to buy new airplanes, we must ensure we can optimize existing capacity." Gliznoutsa said in the long term there is a "very small and slim possibility" that the An-124 military fleets might become available for conversion to commercial use. Only 23 of the outsize and heavyweight air cargo airplanes exist and 17 are operated by the two airlines. Antonov Airlines (ADB) previously had a marketing agreement with the only other operator, Air Foyle Heavyweight (FOY), but following the end of this deal, the new fleet management company will ensure that the most efficient use can be made of the available capacity.

August 2006: AirBridge Cargo (ABC) will base an IL-76 freighter provided by parent Volga-Dnepr Group (VDA) in Krasnoyarsk to "meet growing demand" in eastern Russia.

February 2007: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group and Motor Sich of Ukraine announced the formation of a joint venture company "to manage the relaunch of serial production of the An-124-100" Ruslan freighter, with the aim of developing and producing a new version, "the An-124-100M-150," and increasing the operating life of existing An-124s. Target goals for the new version are increases in payload capacity from 120 to 150 tonnes and in operating life of the airplane to 60,000 hours and later to 80,000 flight hours. The flight control system also will undergo significant improvements. Range with 120 tonnes will be boosted to 5,000 km, while the crew required will be reduced to four from five.

Motor Sich and Progress Design Bureau will be in charge of the (D-18T) engine modification and production for the new An-124 version. The (D-18T 3) will be upgraded into the (D-18T 4) for the new airplane, which will be built at the Aviastar-SP facilities with the technical support of Antonov Corporation, the companies said. Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) is the world's largest operator of the Ruslan and the main customer to order the airplane. It already has ordered two An-124-100M-150s that are being built in Ulyanovsk.

May 2007: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group reported sales of $725 million in 2006, up +55% from 2005, and is projecting $1 billion in revenue this year. It said rising turnover resulted from development in its An-124-100 (revenue up +26%) and IL-76 (up +114%) charter freight businesses and expansion at AirBridge Cargo (ABC) (up +96%), which operates four 747Fs. (VDA) transported more than >155,000 tonnes of freight last year, 98% of which was flown internationally. AirBridge (ABC) reported revenues of $227.4 million and transported 78,400 tonnes of cargo, up +79% on the prior year. Scheduled cargo services accounted for 31% of the parent company's total sales.

June 2007: Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and Ilyushin Interstate Aviation signed a general agreement covering construction and delivery of 3/10 orders new IL-76TD-90VD freighter airplanes and (VDA) said it is eyeing at least 13 of the type to replace and expand its fleet of aging IL-76s. It currently operates one of the new version, which it received earlier this year, and six of the older version. It has another new version on firm order that will be delivered in the third quarter.

The new IL-76s, of which the carrier plans to have five within 3 to 5 years, have an increased payload that allows up to 50 tonnes and, importantly, meet Chapter 4 noise requirements. The older versions are not in compliance with Chapter 4 and cannot fly into the European Union (EU), North America, Australia or Japan, markets (VDA) would like to serve with the airplane type. The agreement signed this week at the Paris Air Show is expected to be converted into a firm order in August.

(VDA) President, Alexey Isaikin said that future orders will depend on a combination of market demand and Ilyushin's "readiness to meet demand." He said Volga-Dnepr (VDA) will "very carefully monitor and watch the market to see how it reacts" to the first five new IL-76s. "The first five will change the market" because they will allow the carrier to fly them to all regions, he said.

The new IL-76s will allow (VDA) to tap into demand for humanitarian and aerospace manufacturing cargo shipments, that are not large enough to operate economically with An-124s, Isaikin explained. The first airplane was flown into the USA earlier this year, marking the first IL-76 commercial flight to the USA since 2000.

October 2007: Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) put its second next-generation Il-76TD-90VD freighter into operation, carrying a load of 32.5 tonnes from Gothenburg to Washington Dulles. The carrier will take delivery of three more, to be built by (TAPO) under an August order placed with MAK Ilyushin, in 2009 to 2010. The first 50-tonne-capacity freighter joined the fleet in summer 2006, and has operated in Europe, the USA, Australia and Japan, markets closed to older Il-76s, because of noise restrictions.

Volga-Dnepr Group (VDA) announced several new appointments, that it said "relate to structural management changes in both principal companies of the Group - - AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and Volga-Dnepr (VDA) - - arising from the expansion of Volga-Dnepr (VDA)'s business and prospected restructuring in connection with Initial Public Offering (IPO) plans." Vice-Director General President, Alexey Isaikin, also became President of AirBridgeCargo (ABC). Denis Ilyin was appointed Senior VP SCO Strategy & Sales for AirBridgeCargo (ABC). Gennady Pivovarov was appointed Senior VP SCO Operations, and General Director of AirBridgeCargo (ABC), and Sergey Dyachkov was named General Director of (VDA).

November 2007: Jeppesen signed a contract with outsize freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) for Jeppesen's e-Link services providing secure access to charts, Notams and data electronically.

747-46NFER (35420, VP-BIG), for AirBridge Cargo (ABC) operations.

December 2007: Volga-Dnepr Group, parent of outsize airfreight specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and scheduled cargo carrier AirBridge Cargo (ABC), reported a +49.6% increase in revenue to $720 million for the first nine months of the year. The company did not reveal its costs or income. "Our growth is based on our successful 'cargo supermarket' concept of offering a wide range of air transportation services to our customers and providing efficient information and customer service," President, Alexey Isaikin said.

(ABC), which operates 747Fs on scheduled routes connecting Europe and Asia, via Russia, increased revenue +31% to $204 million for the nine months as traffic volume grew +29% to 70,494 tons. (VDA) reported revenue for the period of $491 million, up +59.4%. (ABC) in September launched Moscow - Tokyo Narita - Krasnoyarsk freighter service and last month took delivery its first 747-400ERF. Volga-Dnepr Group projected that full-year results would show "considerable growth in the financial and operational performance of all of its businesses."

February 2008: AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), the scheduled services subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group (VDA), took delivery of its second 747-46NERF. The airplane is leased from (GECAS) (GEF). (ABC) took delivery of its first 747-400ERF in November, and is scheduled to receive another in April. Volga-Dnepr (VDA) also has firm orders for five 747-8Fs plus five options.

April 2008: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group reported a +51% increase in sales last year to $1.05 billion, $300 million of which was contributed by its scheduled airline, AirBridge Cargo (ABC). The latter figure represented a +32% gain over 2006. (VDA) said the overall revenue rise was due in large part to a "substantial" +62% increase in the charter market for outsize and heavy cargo. Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) carried that freight, while AirBridge (ABC) transported 101,900 tons aboard its 747s, an increase of +29%. The company said it is in the process of growing and upgrading its fleet. It took delivery of its second leased 747-400ERF in February - - its sixth 747 overall - - and its second upgraded Il-76TD-90VD last fall. It will take three more in 2009 through 2010.

747-4HAFER (35237, BP-BIM), Guggenheim (GUG) leased, Volga-Dnepr wet-leased to Airbridge Cargo (ABC).

November 2008: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group announced a 75% year-over-year increase in sales for the first nine months of 2008, with revenue from its charter and scheduled cargo services reaching $1.27 billion. Freight carried jumped +51% to 210,000 tons, while charter sales were up +80% to $882.9 million. AirBridge Cargo (ABC)'s scheduled flights brought in $344.1 million in revenue, up +68% from the first nine months of 2007. The group operates An-124-100s (10) and Il-76TDs (12 including two Il-76TD-90VDs) in charter services as Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and 747Fs (seven) in scheduled flights as AirBridge (ABC).

February 2009: The Volga-Dnepr Group, parent of Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), increased revenue from its charter and scheduled air cargo services by 46% in 2008 to $1.4 billion. Cargo tonnage rose +25% year-over-year to 267,000 tonnes and (FTK)s freight traffic jumped 32%.

July 2009: The Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group, the outsize air cargo specialist that also operates scheduled 747F freighter carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), said its overall traffic for the first six months of 2009 fell -5% to 835,000 (FTK)s. (ABC) actually saw an uptick as it transported 65,100 tons of freight during the half year, a +4.6% year-over-year increase.

March 2010: Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) said it will take delivery of a third new-generation IL-76TD-90VD next month, taking Volga-Dnepr Group's investment in the modernized airplane to more than >$90 million. (VDA) said it predicts its investment in the 50-tonne-capacity ramp-loading freighter "is likely to double as more new airplanes join its fleet to meet global demand for the IL-76TD-90VD's unique operating capability." It signed a contract for another two airplanes scheduled for delivery in 2011.

April 2010: The Volga-Dnepr Group, parent of heavy airfreight specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and scheduled air cargo operator AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), said the carriers' combined traffic increased +7% year-over-year in 2009 to 1.85 billion (FTK)s. However, revenue for the year lowered -15% to $1.25 billion as global cargo yields took a major hit. The company pointed out that its traffic and revenue results compared "favorably" in an air cargo industry that had a historically negative year.

May 2010: Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) took delivery of one "built-to-order" (PS-90A-76)-powered IL-76TD-90VD freighter and completed the first customer flight. The freighter, manufactured at Tashkent Chkalov Aviation Factory, is part of a contract for three additional IL-76TD-90VDs signed by Volga-Dnepr Leasing Company with JSC UAC-Transport Aircraft in 2007.

August 2010: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" ARTICLE ON VOLGA-DNEPR'S 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - - "VDA-2010-08-20 YRS."

Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) has ordered a fourth new Il-76TD-90VD that will be delivered in 2012.

May 2011: Volga-Dnepr was awarded certification from the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia’s Ministry of Transport to perform its own cargo handling at Russian airports.

January 2012: AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has taken delivery of the first of five 747-8F freighters, making (ABC) the first customer of the type in Russia.

(ABC) placed orders for five firm 747-8Fs in 2007 with five options. Deliveries have been delayed three times. Initial delivery was scheduled for the end of 2009 at the rate of one a year, but was postponed by Boeing (TBC) to February 2011 and then to September 2011.

(ABC) Executive President, Tatyana Arslanova said the 747-8F, which will replace some of (ABC)’s older airplanes, will give (ABC) the youngest freighter fleet in the industry, while “maintaining the highest standards of environmental compliance.”

(ABC) operates two 747-200Fs, one 747-300F and eight 747-400s.

According to market experts, Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) has not yet certified the 747-8F but it is expected (ABC) will be able to take the airplane to Russia by the beginning of February. The first 747-8F routes have not been revealed but it is anticipated the airplane will operate on Europe – China service.

(ABC), which was established in 2004 as a part of Volga-Dnepr Group (VDA), is based at Moscow Sheremetyevo and operates flight mainly between European and Chinese hubs. According to Fraport Cargo Services, (ABC) was the biggest cargo carrier at Frankfurt airport (FRA) in 2011. Last year, (ABC) launched its first scheduled flight to North America.

March 2012: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) is planning to buy Frankfurt Hahn-based carrier Air Cargo Germany (ACG). Germany antitrust authorities said that Amsterdam-based, Volga-Dnepr Logistics sought approval for the deal March 1. A decision is expected this month.

(VDA) representatives in Russia did not comment on the deal but market experts said (ACG) is not a profitable asset. (VDA) wants to buy (ACG) for its market share and to launch new flights from Europe.

At the end of February, AirBridgeCargo (ABC), a member of Volga-Dnepr Group, failed to get fifth-freedom rights for flights from Frankfurt-on-Main to Chicago.

(ACG), founded in 2008, operates four 747-400s on routes including China, South Africa, India, and the United Arab Emirates.

(VDA) has finalized the acquisition of a 49% stake in Air Cargo Germany (ACG). The two carriers plan to jointly operate new routes to North America which both, (VDA)'s scheduled cargo carrier AirBridge Cargo (ABC) and Air Cargo Germany (ACG), do not yet serve.

April 2012: The Volga-Dnepr Group said it intends to order 20 Antonov An-124s, plus options for 20 more, from United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), according to Group Executive President, Valery Gabriel. The order, which is expected to consist of An-124-111 and An-124NG airplanes, would be valued at $4 billion; delivery would be through 2030.

The Group has participated in the continuing development of the An-124-111 since 2011. The airplane will have new avionics and an upgraded (D-18T3M) engine, which will be +2% more efficient than the (D-18T) that powers the An-124-100, the company said. The An-124NG will also be equipped with new avionics upgraded engine.

The Volga-Dnepr Group has been negotiating the An-124 order for more than five years. The group is the largest An-124 operator with 10 airplanes.

May 2012: Atran (VTR) is expected to take delivery of a first converted ex-China Xinhua Airlines (XIH) 737-400F freighter (28663) during the summer as part of its efforts to build up an express freight network in Russia under new ownership of Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA).

August 2012: Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) has started operating its first 737-400F freighter (28663, VP-BCJ) it has recently taken delivery of on behalf of logistics provider United Parcel Service (UPS) between Moscow Domodedovo International (DME) and Cologne/Bonn Konrad Adenauer (CGN).

October 2012: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Technics (VDT), a sister company of Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Group, has launched an airplane line maintenance station at Frankfurt airport (FRA). (VDT) will provide line maintenance service for 747-200/300/400 airplanes. Later, it will add the 747-8 to its certificate as well as the 737 and A320 narrow bodies.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), also a part of the Volga-Dnepr Group, became (VDT)’s first customer at (FRA).

The Volga-Dnepr Group began construction of a new hangar facility at Sharjah Airport, slated to be fully operational by January 2013. It will be operated by Volga-Dnepr Technics and will offer maintenance and repair services to third parties for both Russian and Western-built airplanes including Boeing 737-Classic, 737-NG, 747-200/300/400, Antonov 124, 74 and Ilyushin 76s.

December 2012: Volga-Dnepr Technics obtained licenses to perform line maintenance up to "A"-Check on Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG airplanes at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports following an (EASA) audit. It also received (EASA) approval to perform non-destructive testing (NDT) activities.

January 2013: Volga-Dnepr Airlines ((IATA) Code: VI, based at Ulyanovsk Vostochny (ULY)) (VDA) President, Alexey Isaykin has announced that the Volga-Dnepr Group would be evaluating setting up a production line to build new An-124F freighters on its own after the Russian government has given up plans to financially support the resumption of the An-124 program. Volga-Dnepr (VDA) currently operates ten An-124-100s and is the largest operator of the large cargo airplane. It assumes that until 2030 there would be demand for at least sixty additional An-124s as it expects the demand for outsize cargo charters to grow significantly.

Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Technic has leased and begun operations in a newly built 8,500 sq m hangar facility at Leipzig/Halle Airport. The hangar can simultaneously accommodate one Antonov AN-124-100, one Ilyushin IL-76, and one Boeing (TBC) 747 or four single-aisle Boeing 737 or Airbus (EDS) A320 airplanes. The first "A" checks for AN-124-100 and Boeing 747-400F freighter airplanes operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) have been completed at the facility.

Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Technics obtained licenses to perform line maintenance up to "A" check on Airbus (EDS) A320 and Boeing (TBC) 737NG airplanes at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports following an (EASA) audit. It also received (EASA) approval to perform non-destructive testing (NDT) activities.

Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Technics (VDT) began "A" check maintenance services on a Czech Airlines (CSA) A320 at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. (CSA) is (VDT)’s launch customer for the service; it received authorization to provide maintenance services up to "A" check for new airplane types at the beginning of December.

Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Technics has completed the repair of a damaged nose radome on a Yakutia Airlines (SYL) 737NG at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.

March 2013: Volga-Dnepr Gulf opened an airplane battery workshop at Sharjah Airport, certified under (EASA) Part 145. Its team can perform full inspection, periodic repair, regular repair, and overhaul on Varta and Saft batteries.

April 2013: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Technics (VDT) opened a new airplane wheel & brake repair shop at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany. (VDT) has also extended its (EASA) Part 145 Certificate with a C14 rating for the repair and maintenance of wheels & brakes on 747-200/-300/-400/-8 airplane types.

Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Gulf has begun operations at its new maintenance hangar facility in Sharjah. (VDA) Gulf completed the towing of the first airplane into the new hangar, an Antonov AN-124 Ruslan freighter belonging to Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA). (VDA) Gulf plans to expand the range of airplanes it can service in Sharjah. In 2013, a composite materials and airplane metal structure maintenance workshop will be commissioned and the company will also offer line maintenance technical diagnostics and non-destructive testing. By 2014, (VDA) Gulf will be ready to provide maintenance services of Russian and Western-built airplanes up to "C" maintenance check as well as provide services for Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 airplanes.

June 2013: Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) will base up to three Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VD freighters at Paris Vatry Airport. The airplane is a modernized version of older Il-76. The new airplane has increased payload and range, and is more efficient than the previous version. The lower noise and emissions levels allowed Volga-Dnepr airplanes to gain (ICAO) approval for global services by complying with all of (ICAO)’s current and prospective operating standards. This enables Volga-Dnepr (VDA)’s fleet to serve major markets around the world that banned old versions of the IL-76 in 2000, including Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia.

(VDA) invested $100 million in the fleet of five new airplanes.

According to (VDA) Sales Director, Dmitry Grishin, the new location was chosen because Paris-Vatry is within easy reach of European customers. Aéroport Paris-Vatry Director General, Youri Busaan said the partnership with Volga-Dnepr (VDA) will allow the airport to increase charter cargo volumes. More than >90% of Paris-Vatry’s cargo business comes from charter operations as the airport cargo infrastructure is available 24 hours a day.

November 2013: Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Technics will provide maintenance services in Moscow for Aeroflot-Russian Airlines (ARO)’s 737NGs.

January 2014: Volga-Dnepr Technics (VDT) has expanded activities on Western-built airplanes. (VDT) will extend "A" check services to Boeing 737-300s, 737-400s and 737-500s as well as 747-8Fs and 747-400s. (VDT) will also cover wheel-and-brake repairs on a variety of 747s.

April 2014: The Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group announced three new appointments in its management team: AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) Senior VP Sales & Marketing, Wolfgang Meier has been promoted to Group VP Marketing & Development. Robert van de Weg will join the group May 1 as Senior VP Marketing & Sales, based in Luxembourg. Peter van de Pas is also joining the Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group as Senior VP Scheduled Operations.

July 2014: AirBridgeCargo (ABC) reported a +16% increase in its first-half cargo volume. (ABC), which is a member of the Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group, carried 188,354 tonnes on international routes during the period. Load factor reached 72% LF.

(ABC) said the improved results were due to network growth. In the USA, (ABC) launched flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and increased the number of flights to Chicago. In Europe, (ABC) started service to Leipzig, Munich, and Malme. It also launched flights from Frankfurt to Chicago following the approval of fifth freedom flights from Frankfurt to the USA.

(ABC) also reported +13% growth in the first half on routes from other countries to Russia. Total volume reached 42,767 tonnes.

(ABC) Executive VP, Denis Ilyin said (ABC) continues to focus on the domestic market and the launch of domestic flights with Volga-Dnepr (VDA) subsidiary, Atran Boeing 737Fs. It plans to carry 400,000 tonnes before the end of 2014.

(ABC), Russia’s biggest cargo carrier, has 13 Boeing 747s in its fleet, comprising five 747-400ERFs, three 747-400Fs and five 747-8Fs.

While (ABC)’s scheduled cargo business is growing, Volga-Dnepr (VDA)’s carrier cargo volume has dropped -39.9% during the first five months of 2014 to 14,964 tonnes, according to Russian aviation authorities.

Volga-Dnepr (VDA) specializes in charter flights with Antonov An-124 airplanes.

December 2014: Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has signed a Boeing 737-400F freighter conversion agreement with the Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group.

The 747-400 arrived at Boeing Shanghai at the end of November for the passenger-to-freighter conversion, a "C" check and full painting. The modification is performed under a supplemental type certificate (STC) held by Aeronautical Engineers Inc. The 747-400 is scheduled for redelivery to the Volga-Dnepr Group in the first quarter of 2015.

Volga-Dnepr Group is the first Boeing Shanghai customer for this type of service from the Russia/Central Asia region. The company said it has completed five 737CL freighter conversions for two other customers.

Volga-Dnepr Airline (VDA) operates charter flights with Antonov An-124 fleet, but its subsidiary, Atran (VTR) focuses on the domestic market performing the flights with 737Fs.

January 2015: Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has signed a Boeing 737-400F freighter conversion agreement with Russia’s Volga Dnepr Group. The 737-400F arrived at Boeing Shanghai at the end of November for conversion, a "C" check and full painting.

April 2015: AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has reported a +20% year-over-year cargo volume growth for the first quarter ended March 31. (ABC) carried 103,816 tonnes across its international route network connecting Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific through its hub in Moscow during the quarter.

(ABC) added more Boeing 747F freighter frequencies in the 2014/2015 winter season linking markets in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, via Moscow. In Europe, (ABC) (a part of Volga-Dnepr Group) has added frequencies to and from Munich, Milan, and Amsterdam. In Asia, (ABC) increased flights between Hong Kong and Shanghai, with an extra service per week on both routes. The airline currently operates scheduled flights to 26 destinations in 14 countries with a fleet of 14 747s.

“In January 2015, (ABC) started operations in Helsinki, and since the commencement of its summer schedule, it also launched Los Angeles and Hanoi services ahead of its initial business plan targets,” (ABC) Executive President, Denis Ilin said. “(ABC) also focused on cost efficiency by optimization of its network via hub business model, internal processes and cost management. Thus it achieved a -20% reduction in operational costs per landing for the first quarter of this year,” (ABC) (CFO), Igor Telpukhovskiy added.

In 2014, (ABC) carried 401,000 tonnes, a +17.6% increase year-on-year, with an average load factor of 72.6% LF. During the year, (ABC) launched new routes to Dallas/Fort Worth, Leipzig, Munich, and Basel.

While (ABC) increased its volume, its sister company Volga-Dnepr (VDA) reduced tonnage. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, in January - February (VDA) carried 4,492 tonnes, down -12.3% year-over-year. In 2014, (VDA) carried 40,655 tonnes, down -24.5% over 2013. Volga-Dnepr (VDA) operates charter flights with Antonov An-124s.

May 2015: Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) has renewed its (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate for the fifth time.

June 2015: The Volga-Dnepr Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Boeing (TBC) to order 20 747-8F freighters valued at $7.4 billion at list prices.

The airplanes will be powered by (Genx-2B) engines, in an order valued at more than >$1.8 billion at list prices.

Volga-Dnepr, parent of cargo carriers Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA), AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and Atran Airlines (VTR), currently operates six 747-8Fs. The Volga-Dnepr Group and Boeing (TBC) said in a joint statement that the 20 747-8Fs to be ordered will allow scheduled service airline (ABC) to grow. The 747-8Fs “will be acquired through a mix of direct purchases and leasing over the next seven years,” according to the statement.

The (MOU) also includes an agreement under which Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124-100 freighters will be available to provide heavy lift logistics support to Boeing (TBC) on a long-term basis.

October 2015: The Volga-Dnepr Group has leased two Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan freighters from the Sberbank Leasing Company. The deal is a part of the group’s development strategy through 2020, which includes a fleet increase with Western and Russian-built aircraft, Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Senior VP, Sergey Shklyanik said.

The Volga-Dnepr Group includes the carrier of the same name (VDA) that operates a fleet of 10 An-124s and five Ilyushin Il-76s, and operates charter flights, specializing mainly in oversize and super-heavy cargo transportation. According to (VDA), it carries up to 60,000 tons per year, performing flights to more than >80 countries.

The group also includes AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), which operates a fleet of Boeing 747s on scheduled cargo flights.

November 2015: News Item A-1: A Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) Ilyushin Il-76TD-90VD aircraft has landed for the first time on an ice airfield in Antarctica.

The aircraft completed a series of runs at the Novolazarevskaya Antarctic Research Station airfield runway to check performance capability and define the engine reverse thrust application range. Flight checks were performed to incorporate amendments to the Il-76TD-90VD’s Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) for ice airfield operations. After (AFM) amendments are complete, Il-76TD-90VD aircraft will be approved to operate to Antarctica airfields.

“Obtaining approval to fly to adverse weather regions expands Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA)'s operating boundaries,” (VDA) UK Sales Director, Georgy Sokolov said. “Active exploration of the Arctic and Antarctic regions is currently underway and (with the IL-76TD-90VD airplane meeting all (ICAO)’s existing and advanced requirements, and, most importantly, being fitted with environment friendly engines) it will provide a reliable transport solution for our customers. We have already started implementing a major project in Antarctica for Antarctic Logistics Centre International (ALCI), Cape Town,” he said.

News Item A-2: Boeing (TBC) delivered two 747-8Fs to AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of the Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group. The airplanes are the first to be delivered as part a memorandum of understanding between (TBC) and the (VDA) Group at the Paris Air Show in June 2015.

The airplanes will be deployed on the expanding network under winter schedule 2015/2016, between Asia and the USA.

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) Executive President, Denis Ilyin said, “For the Volga Dnepr Group, adding more new generation 747-8Fs will allow us to secure further development of the Group’s scheduled business, (ABC) Airlines, and keep (ABC)’s high growth rates.”

Including this delivery, (ABC)’s fleet comprises eight 747-8Fs, five 747-400ERFs, and two 747-400Fs.

February 2016: Volga-Dnepr Gulf, a division of Volga-Dnepr Technics, completed the first "C" check for a Boeing 737-300 operated by Kyrgyzstan-based Avia Traffic Company, at its hangar facility in Sharjah, (UAE).

March 2016: Volga-Dnepr Gulf has customized a 747 airplane for the "Iron Maiden" rock band to be operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID).

April 2016: CargoLogicAir ((IATA) Code: P3, based at London Stansted) has applied to the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Foreign Air Carriers Permit (FACP) as well as route exemption authority ahead of plans to start cargo flights between Europe and the USA.

The carrier has requested the (DOT) to issue it with permission to operate scheduled and chartered cargo flights, hauling freight and mail, from any point or points behind any (EU) member state to the USA and beyond using any intermediate stops as outlined in the USA - (EU) "Open Skies" treaty.

The Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) subsidiary currently operates a single 747-400F on scheduled cargo flights between Europe and Africa.

June 2016: News Item A-1: "Volga-Dnepr Group 747-8F Order" by Julie Johnsson, "Bloomberg News", June 2016.

Boeing (TBC) is nearing a $4 billion deal with Russia's largest air freight company that would help extend the life of the 747-8. (TBC) is in advanced talks with AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and its parent, the Volga-Dnepr Group to convert a year-old commitment into more than >10 firm orders for 747-8F freighters. The agreement could be announced at the Farnborough Air Show next month in England. The 747-8 has a list price of $379.1 million (buyers normally negotiate discounts).

Volga-Dnepr (VDA) plans to take all 20 747-8s. (VDA) took delivery in November 2015 of the first 2 747-8Fs. One of the 747-8Fs to be delivered later this year is painted in CargoLogicAir, another Volga-Dnepr subsidiary.

November 2016: Sharjah-based Volga-Dnepr Gulf will perform base maintenance services on 5 of Russia’s UTair Aviation (TYU)’s Boeing 737s in 2016. The 1st airplane has already been delivered to Sharjah for a "C4" check.

The companies announced the partnership in August 2015, when Volga-Dnepr Gulf performed an "A" check on 1 of UTair (TYU)’s 737-400s.

Volga-Dnepr Gulf, a member of Russia´s Volga-Dnepr Group, was established in 1996. It started as a service provider for Soviet-built aircraft, but in 2014 it gained certification for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737/747 airplanes.

UTair Aviation (TYU) is the 4th biggest carrier in Russia and is based at Moscow Vnukovo airport and in Western Siberia. From January - September, (TYU) carried 5 million passengers, up +15.9% year-over-year. Its fleet comprises Boeing 737-400s, 737-500s, 737-800s, 767s, ATR 72s, and Antonov An-74s and An2s.

January 2017: Moscow-based cargo carrier Atran Airlines (VTR), which is part of the Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group, has received approval for 7x-weekly Moscow - Frankfurt service, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency.

(VTR) is the group’s regional and express cargo airline; it operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400F freighters.

AirBridgeCargo (ABC), another member of the Volga-Dnepr Group, is now the 2nd biggest cargo carrier in Frankfurt. The number of flights operated by (ABC) from Frankfurt has exceeded >1,000 a year. In 2014, Russian and German aviation authorities approved 5th freedom flights for (ABC) to operate from Frankfurt to the USA.

Fleet:
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VDA-747-243F
VDA-AN-124-100 - 2012-04
VDA-AN-A124-100
VDA-IL-76 RA-76950
VDA-IL-76TD
VDA-IL-76TD 2009-10
VDA-YAK-40

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1 737-400F (CFM56-3C) (28663, VP-BCJ), FOR (UPS) 2012-08. FREIGHTER.

3 ORDERS 747-200SF (SCD) (CF6-50E2), ADVENTAR LSD. (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

1 747-243B (SF) (CF6-50E2) (492-22506, /80 VP-BIB), ADVENTAR LSD 2004-09. (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

1 747-243F (SCD) (CF6-50E2) (545-22545, /81 VP-BIA), EX-(ALI), ADVENTAR LSD 2004-04. (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

1 747-329F (CF6-50E2) (810-24837, /90 VP-BIC), EX-(AID), (GAX) LSD 2005-08. (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

1 747-4HAERF (1402-35237, VP-BIM), (GUG) LSD, WET-LST (ABC) 2008-04. FREIGHTER.

1 +1 ORDER 747-46NFER (SCD) (CF6-80C2B5F) (1395-35420, VP-BIG, 2007-11), (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

8 747-8F, FOR AIRBRIDGECARGO (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

2 IL-76TD-90VD (PS-90A-76), (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

1 +2 ORDERS IL-76TD-90VD (PS-90A-76), (ABC) OPS. 2010-05. FREIGHTER:

2 IL-96-400T (PC-90A1), (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

3 A300B4.

1 AN-12.

10 +/10 OPTIONS AN 124-100 RUSLAN (D-18T) (19530502792, /94 RA-82003; 9773054055093, /91 RA-82042; 9773054155101, /91 RA-82043; 9773054155109, /92 RA-82044; 8773052255113, /92 RA-82045; 9773052255117, /92 RA-82046; 9773053259121, /92 RA-82047; 9773051459142, /94 RA-82074; 9773054559153, /96 RA-82078; 9773052062157, /00 RA-82079), 2 EX-(TIU). FREIGHTER.

20/20 ORDERS AN-124 (D-18T3M), FREIGHTER:

1 AN-124-100M (D-18T) (9773051462154, /04 RA-82081), FREIGHTER.

5 ORDERS AN-124-100M-150F. FREIGHTER:

8 ORDERS AN-148:

1 AN-32.

1 IL-76T (0013428831, RA-78731), REMEX LSD 2000-07.

3 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (73477323, EW-76737; 1033418616, RA-76842; 1043418628, /96 RA-76366, 2003-02; 0033446325, /83 RA-76788; 0043452546, RA-76591, 2003-09; TO AIRLINE TRANSPORT 2004-08). FREIGHTER.

1 IL-76TD (0063468042, RA-76483 - - SEE PHOTO - - "VDA-IL-76TD 2009-10"), EX-TESIS AVIATION ENTERPRISE. FREIGHTER.

1 IL-76TD-90VD (PS-90A-76), WITH GLASS COCKPIT, 2003-10.

2 +2 ORDERS (2011-02) IL-76TD-90VD (PS-90A-76) (2053420697, /05 RA-76950 - SEE PHOTO). FREIGHTER.

6 ORDERS IL-96-400.

4 ORDERS IL-96T (PW2340) FREIGHTER.

2 ORDERS IL-96-400T (PC-90A1), (ABC) OPS. FREIGHTER.

2 ORDERS TU-204 (RB211-535E4), LSD.

2 YAK 40 (AI-25) (9331429 /73 RA-87315; 9511339, /75 RA-87344), 32Y.

2 YAK 40 (AI-25) (9331330, /73 RA-87844; 9421233, /74 RA-87400), 36Y.

1 YAK 40 (AI-25) (9340631, /73 RA-87357), EXEC. 12C.

2 YAK 40 (AI-25) (9410732, /73 RA-87373; 9441238, 2004-12), 36Y.

2 YAK 40K (AI-25) (9540444, /75 RA-87981; 9641651, /76 RA-88243), 36Y.

Management:
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ALEXEY ISAIKIN, CHAIRMAN & VICE DIRECTOR GENERAL PRESIDENT, & PRESIDENT (ABC), (T: +7 (8422) 201-863).

VALERY GABRIEL, EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT, VOLGA-DNEPR GROUP.

VYACHESLEV SIROTA, GENERAL DIRECTOR.

MICHAEL HAYLES, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

TONY BAUCKHAM, MANAGING DIRECTOR UK.

WOLFGANG MEIER, GROUP VP MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT (ABC) (2014-04).

ROBERT VAN DE WEG, SENIOR VP MARKETING & SALES, BASED IN LUXEMBOURG (2014-05).

PETER VAN DE PAS, SENIOR VP SCHEDULED OPERATIONS (2014-04).

GENNADY PIVOVAROV, SENIOR VP (SCO) OPERATIONS & GENERAL DIRECTOR (ABC) (2007-10).

DENIS ILYIN, SENIOR VP (SCO) STRATEGY & SALES (ABC) (2007-10).

SERGEY SHKLYANIK, SENIOR VP.

VINCE SEEGER, GENERAL MANAGER.

DENNIS GLIZNOUTSA, UK GROUP COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, AT LONDON STANSTED (STN) (2005-07).

GEORGY SOKOLOV, UK SALES DIRECTOR.

VICTOR TOLMACHEV, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (T: 7-8422) 292-110).

SERGEY BUYANKIN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

MICHAEL IVANOV, DIRECTOR STRATEGIC PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT.

VALERY GABRIEL, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

DMITRY GRISHIN, SALES DIRECTOR.

SERGEI PEDAN, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.

 
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