Russian cargo operator Atran Air adds second Boeing 737-800BCF

Moscow, Russia - Russian freighter operator Atran Air has added the second Boeing 737-800BCF to its fleet.

The arrival of the new Boeing 737-800BCF will add additional capacity to the operator's fleet for its e-commerce shipments and mail transport between Russia, China, and CIS countries.

In addition to the two Boeing 737-800BCF, the company has four Boeing 737-400F in its fleet. But the company general director Dmitry Obsharov says that the 737-400F is not the best freighter to operate these middle-haul flights.

The 737-800BCFs will allow the Russian freighter operator to expand its operations to Hangzhou and Xi'an in China.

This year, Volga-Dnepr subsidiary Atran air added three aircraft to its existing fleet. The expansion of the fleet allowed the carrier to accomplish a more than 15 times increase in the volume of cargo transported from China to Russia, an eight-fold increase on domestic routes, and more than six times increase on routes from Europe to Russiaā€¯.

The newly acquired Boeing 737-800BCF with registration (VQ-BFT) was built in 2002 and most recently operated as a passenger plane in the bankrupt Primera Air.