Aeroflot's directors have approved the replacement of its four McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40 freighters (above) with up to six Boeing MD-11Fs and Ilyushin Il-96-400T freighters. The new aircraft will operate scheduled services from Europe to Asia via Moscow, plus charters. The Il-96-400T will only be taken if the aircraft meets Ilyushin's technical performance and price guarantees, says Aeroflot. MD-11 deliveries will start early next year but a supplier is yet to be finalised. Meanwhile, the Tupolev Tu-204C freighter is being considered for European services, with 10 aircraft needed by 2010.

Source: Flight International