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The Russian heavyweight cargo specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines has begun scheduled passenger services between its base in Ulyanovsk and Moscow. The carrier is flying 30-seater Yakovlev Yak-40s on the route, leased from the Ulyanovsk-based regional airline JSC Simbirsk Aero, which ceased flying in September because of debts of over 14 billion roubles ($2.5 million). Volga-Dnepr's main business is the carriage of heavyweight and outsized cargo on its fleet of Antonov An-124 and Ilyushin Il-76 freighters.