Express freight specialist DHL has introduced a Tupolev Tu-204C freighter, which conducted its first flight between Moscow and Germany on 5 July.

It is using the Aviadvigatel PS-90-powered airframe RA-64024, which was delivered originally to UK-based freighter manager AirRep in 2003. The twin-jet has been operating for Lithuanian company Aviapaslauga.

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DHL is using the Tu-204C, painted in the company’s distinctive livery, on the route from Moscow Sheremetyevo to its European central hub at Leipzig-Halle.

“This shows our commitment to the Russian market and underlines the success of our business development in the country,” says DHL’s country manager for Russia, Adrian Marley.

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Services on the route will be flown six times per week. The Tu-204C is capable of transporting a payload of around 27t.

Source: Flight International