Russian freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Group’s Atran Airlines division is leasing another pair of converted Boeing 737-800 freighters from GECAS.

The express cargo operator has received one 737-800BCF – an ex-Ryanair aircraft, registered VQ-BFR – from the lessor and is taking a second later in May.

They will build on the pair of 737-800BCFs which were introduced to Moscow Vnukovo-based Atran’s fleet in 2019.

Atran general director Vitaly Andreev says the type, which offers up to 23.5t of payload capability, “constitutes the backbone” of the airline’s fleet.

Atran 737-800BCF-c-GECAS

Source: GECAS

Atran’s additional aircraft will complement other 737-800BCFs and its 737-400SFs

It operates short- and medium-haul routes, complementing the high-capacity freighters – including Antonov An-124s, Ilyushin Il-76s and Boeing 747s – of Volga-Dnepr and AirBridgeCargo.

“Additional aircraft will enable us to provide more solutions and guarantee high-quality services to our customers,” adds Andreev.

GECAS has over 60 converted 737-800s on order of which 34 have been delivered.

Atran’s fleet also includes three 737-400SFs, airframes originally delivered in the late 1990s to Istanbul Airlines and China Xinhua Airlines.