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Aeroflot receives Boeing freighter

Aeroflot Cargo has received delivery of a converted Boeing 737-300 Freighter, reportedly making it the first Russian cargo carrier to operate with such a model.

Aeroflot receives Boeing freighter
From Russia with love: Aeroflot receives freighter.

Aeroflot Cargo has received delivery of a converted Boeing 737-300 Freighter, reportedly making it the first Russian cargo carrier to operate with such a model.

The modified freighter recently completed its first technical flight from Singapore via Bangkok, New Dehli and Tashkent before arriving into Moscow. The airline intends to initiate commercial flights using the aircraft to Manchester, Helsinki and Paris followed by Stockholm, Istanbul and Milan.

"Aeroflot Cargo considers the B-737-300 freighter a successful market solution for middle range flights from Moscow to Europe, Middle East and other destinations within in the Commonwealth of Independent States," said Oleg Korolev, director general, Aeroflot Cargo.

Aeroflot Cargo is due to receive a second identical Boeing model within the coming few months and has also signaled interest in acquiring an MD-11 aircraft. The Boeing 737-300 Freighter offers a maximum payload capacity of 17 tonnes and a flight range of 4600km.

"The new aircraft will allow the company to increase its airfreight network and offer a combination of long range and middle range transportation," added Korolev.

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