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New flight from ATRAN Airlines guarantees stable connection between Xi’an and Cologne


ATRAN Airlines, the all-cargo carrier with the fleet of Boeing 737 freighters within Volga-Dnepr Group, introduced a freighter call to connect Xi’an (China) and Cologne (Germany).

The connection will be offering dedicated solutions for various types of cargo, including e-commerce shipments, onboard Boeing 737-800BCF capable to guarantee up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight. With the flight lasting over 12 hours one-way, there will be tech stops in Russia for refuel, both in the airports which are part of ATRAN’s network — Krasnoyarsk and Moscow (Vnukovo).

Vitaliy Andreev, General Director of ATRAN Airlines, comments: “With cargo operations being pandemic induced last year we had to suspend our operations ex Xi’an and concentrate on other destinations. This year we decided to re-introduce the flights amid the growing market volumes ex China to Europe and revival of regular and stable traffic. Cologne is among a few cargo-friendly airports in Europe which managed to upscale its freight infrastructure, attract required resources and nurture manpower. Since 2012 we have built trusted partner relations with the airport and terminal handling team and are happy to be back on track in the interests of our customers”.

“ATRAN’s decision to link Xi’an with Cologne is fully in line with our clear ambition to further boost our China-related cargo traffic. We already experience an increasing number of Chinese forwarders using Cologne/Bonn as an alternative option to EU airports hit by congestion,” says Torsten Wefers, Cologne/Bonn’s director of cargo.

ATRAN Airlines offers its customers dedicated solutions for transportations of various types of cargo — general, e-commerce, dangerous goods, live animals and others. The company operates a fleet of Boeing 737 freighters and links the cities of China with Russia and Europe. It has recently enlarged its fleet of B737 freighters which now consists of 3 Boeing 737-400SF and 6 B737-800BCF.

About ATRAN Airlines

ATRAN Airline (ATRAN LLC) was founded in 1942 and is one of the oldest Russian air carriers. Since 2011, it has been part of the Volga-Dnepr Group of Companies.

ATRAN Airline provides scheduled express flight services onboard its up-to-date fleet of freighters consisting of Boeing 737-400SF and Boeing 737-800BCF. All the flights are operated in line with the current network and strict schedule, which enables the carrier to deliver cargo quickly and efficiently. Along with scheduled cargo operations, ATRAN offers its customers various cargo transportation services covering charter flights thus complementing the ‘Cargo supermarket’ concept within the Volga-Dnepr Group. Together with other carriers within the Group ATRAN Airlines offers logistics services, ranging from multimodal transportation schemes, design, manufacture and lease of special loading equipment, technical solutions for cargo handling and up to document processing.

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