Volga-Dnepr Airlines signs deal with Aerofuels

02/04/2011

Moscow 04.02.11

Volga-Dnepr Airlines, the outsize and heavyweight cargo airline of Volga-Dnepr Group, has signed a long-term aviation fuel contract with Aerofuels Group for aircraft fueling at its hub at Russia’s Ulyanovsk Vostochny airport.

The “TZK Aerofuels” and “Aerofuels Ulyanovsk” fueling facility will supply the required annual fuel volume for all of Volga-Dnepr’s outbound and inbound flights at the airport.

“We have been cooperating with Volga-Dnepr Group both in Ulyanovsk and at other Russian airports for more than 10 years,” says General Director of Aerofuels Group, Vladimir Spiridonov. “Volga-Dnepr is the largest air cargo carrier in Russia and a leader in the global market and we also help our long-standing partner organise fueling abroad. Taking into account our long-term cooperation, we offer the carrier the most favourable pricing across the globe.”

“We hope for further efficient cooperation with Aerofuels Group and are confident about the reliability of our long-standing fueling partner,” added Maxim Astashin, the Head of the Group on Cooperation with Service Suppliers at Volga-Dnepr.

About Aerofuels Group

Aerofuels Group owns a network of 15 fueling facilities at Russian airports. It provides fuel supply services for aircraft at 25 airports across Russia, from Pskov to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Aerofuels Group also organizes fuel supply services in more than 900 airports throughout the globe.

Among its clients are 110 Russian and 50 foreign airlines. Since 1999, Aerofuels Group has been renovating existing fueling facilities and building new ones which meet up-to-date requirements of Russian and international civil aviation organizations. Aerofuels Group has invested around 100 million dollars in construction of fueling facilities in Russia. The Group includes “Shell and Aerofuels”, a joint venture with Shell Aviation. Aerofuels Group is one of the top 200 private Russian companies, according to the ranking provided by Forbes magazine.

About Volga-Dnepr Group

Volga-Dnepr is an international group of companies which specialises in charter and scheduled airfreight services. The Group includes two of the largest Russian cargo airlines; Volga-Dnepr Airlines conducting charter operations using a fleet of AN-124-100s and IL-76TD-90VDs and AirBridgeCargo Airlines providing scheduled flights with a fleet of Boeing 747 freighters. Volga-Dnepr Airlines is the world leader in air transportation of unique and outsize cargo. Its fleet consists of 10 super heavy AN-124-100 “Ruslan” freighters and three IL-76TD-90VD. AirBridgeCargo’s fleet includes 11 Boeing 747 freighters.

The third major business area of Volga-Dnepr Group is maintenance and repair of Russian-made and foreign aircraft. At present, Volga-Dnepr Technics operates three maintenance facilities in Sharjah (UAE), Moscow (Sheremetyevo International Airport) and Ulyanovsk (Ulyanovsk-Vostochny International Airport). A fourth maintenance and repair facility is to be opened in Leipzig (Germany) in the near future.

Volga-Dnepr Group as a whole is one of the most dynamic and successful Russian companies. The development strategy of the Group is aimed at maintaining its leadership in Russia and in the world market and at implementation of industry projects to the benefit of Russia’s air cargo and aircraft engineering industries.

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