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Second new Volga IL-76 freighter begins testing

08/13/2007

THE SECOND newbuild IL-76TD-90VD freighter for Volga-Dnepr has begun acceptance testing at the Chkalov TAPO production plant in Russia in preparation for joining the carrier's fleet in the third quarter of the year.

Volga-Dnepr took delivery of the first ever IL-76TD-90VD in June 2006.

This first IL-76TD-90VD has already restarted services to Europe, North America, Australia and Japan, skies that were closed to older versions of the IL-76 in 2000 because of noise level and emission restrictions.

However, this new variant complies with all current and expected future regulatory requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and it is approved for worldwide operations without restriction.

Volga-Dnepr started its programme to modernise the IL-76TD freighter in 2002.

The new IL-76TD-90VD has a higher cargo payload of 50 tonnes and an extended maximum flight range.

It is said to be the most fuel efficient ramp-loading aircraft for transportation of cargo in the 20-50 tonnes range.

Volga-Dnepr said it plans to continue the IL-76 modernisation programme and forecasts a demand for 15 to 20 IL-76TD-90VD freighters by 2015.

Andrew Pakhomov, technical director of Volga-Dnepr Leasing, said the "unique operating capabilities" of the IL-76TD-90VD make it an important aircraft for Volga-Dnepr and an extremely popular aircraft with customers.

"The arrival of the second new aircraft will strengthen our leading position in the IL-76 global market," he said.

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