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Third new generation IL-76TD-90VD freighter joins Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ fleet

05/27/2010

A third new generation IL-76TD-90VD freighter, built to order at the Tashkent Chkalov Aviation Factory (GAO TAPOiCh), has joined Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ fleet and successfully completed its first commercial flight. The latest 50 tonnes capacity aircraft operated its first customer flight on May 24th.

Delivery of the aircraft is part of a contract for three additional IL-76TD-90VD freighters signed by the Volga-Dnepr Leasing Company with JSC ‘UAC - Transport Aircraft’ at the MAKS Air Show in Moscow in 2007.

Volga-Dnepr’s initiative to invest in the development of a modernized version of the IL-76 to comply with international noise and emissions standards has proven an immediate success. The aircraft’s first two IL-76TD-90VD’s have been in constant demand with customers all over the world, justifying the US$90 million investment already made by Volga-Dnepr Group in the new freighter.

The new IL-76TD-90VD is fully compliant with all current and perspective requirements of ICAO and can operate flights worldwide without limitations. The freighters are powered by PS-90А-76 engines and equipped with modern avionics. With a higher payload, longer range and other technical advancements, the new Ilyushin freighters not only have a significantly improved operational capability but they are also more cost efficient than their predecessors.

“Today, the new IL-76 holds a significant niche in the airfreight market. Bringing the third IL-76TD-90VD into service is another important step in realising Volga-Dnepr Group’s global strategy of fleet development, which forecasts increasing our fleet to up to 15-20 IL76TD-90VD aircraft by 2020,” said Andrey Pakhomov, General Director of Volga-Dnepr Leasing LLC.

Volga-Dnepr expects to take delivery of the next two IL-76TD-90VD from JSC ‘UAC - Transport Aircraft’ in 2011.

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