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ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1942. SEPARATED FROM (ARO) IN 1990. A K A "AVIATRANS CARGO AIRLINES." DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
MOSCOW 142015, RUSSIA
APRIL 1993: BECOMES A PRIVATE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY.
MAY 1997: CHANGES NAME TO "ATRAN - AVIATRANS CARGO AIRLINES."
CHARTER CARGO SERVICES IN THE (CIS) AND FEEDS (DLH) CARGO IN THE REGION. TO 126 CITIES, 66 COUNTRIES.
TO BERLIN SCHONEFELD, GENOA AND LUXEMBOURG.
450 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 120 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 110 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
APRIL 1999: 450 EMPLOYEES (INCL 120 FC & 110 MT).
SITA: MOWFFV8. (email@example.com).
NOVEMBER 1999: OUT OF BUSINESS.
April 2007: Atran (VTR) is a Moscow Domodedovo airport (DME)-based cargo airline operating charters in Europe, Russia, and the (CIS).
(IATA) Code: V8. (ICAO) Code: VAS.
Parent organization/shareholders: Employees (73%); state of Russia (25%); & public (2%).
Main Base: Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME).
July 2007: ACCDT: An-12F (4341709, RA-93912) freighter belonging to cargo carrier Atran (VTR) crashed shortly after takeoff from Moscow Domodedovo (DME), killing all 7 crew on board. Flight 9655 was on its way to Omsk with 9 tons of cargo but crashed and burned in a forest about 4 km from the end of Runway 32C. The Ivchenko (AI-20M-6)-powered turboprop 1st flew in 1964, according to the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network. It was (VTR)'s 1st hull loss accident. "Itar Tass" news agency reported that weather conditions were "normal" at (DME) and that, according to (VTR), the airplane "underwent a serious technical examination in May." All 3 flight data recorders reportedly have been recovered. Founded in 1993, Atran (VTR) is 25% owned by the Russian government and operates 6 An-12s, 6 IL-76Ts and 3 An-26s, "Itar Tass" reported.
May 2012: Atran (VTR) is expected to take delivery of a 1st converted ex-China Xinhua Airlines (XIH) 737-46QF (28663) during the summer, as part of its efforts to build up an express freight network in Russia under its new ownership of Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA).
July 2012: 737-46QF (28663, VP-BCJ), ex-(N682AG) (CGP) leased.
September 2012: The Volga-Dnepr (VDA) Group's ATRAN (Aviatrans Cargo Airlines) (VTR) is adding a pair of 737-400Fs (SEE PHOTO - - "VTR-737-400F - 2012-09") for the Cologne (Koln/Bonn) - Moscow (Domodedovo) route operated under contract to United Parcel Service (UPS). Modification of the former China Xinhua (XIH) airplanes was accomplished by Flightstar Aircraft Services, an Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) conversion center at Jacksonville-Cecil Field, Florida, USA.
May 2014: Fokker Services has been selected by Russia’s Atran Airlines (VTR) to upgrade its 737-400SFs with the latest version of the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). (VTR) will continue to operate in full compliance with the requirements of Eurocontrol by upgrading its (TCAS) from v.7.0 to v7.1.
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 re-delivery to the Volga-Dnepr Group in the 1st 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.
June 2015: News Item A-1: 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 >$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.
News Item A-2: Atran (VTR) is to relinquish its (AOC), and rebrand as "ABC Express."
January 2017: Moscow-based cargo carrier Atran Airlines (VTR), which is part of 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.