Volga-Dnepr will accept delivery of its third IL-76TD-90VD freighter in April.
The International Civil Aviation Organization approved the new generation IL-76 for global operations in 2006, six years after banning the earlier versions from Europe when they failed to meet strict noise and emissions requirements.
Volga-Dnepr has been flying its first two updated freighters to major markets in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia.
The Russian airline expects to double its investment in the large 50-tonne capacity ramp-loading freighter, $90 million so far, as global demand increases. Volga-Dnepr has already signed a contract for two more of the aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2011.
A 7-9 percent more efficient fuel burn over old IL-76s increased its operating range to 10,200kms. New avionics enable the aircraft to reduce navigation costs, further contributing to fuel efficiency. Modernization reduced the required crew to four.
"Our investment in another IL-76TD-90VD will be welcome news for our customers around the world that want to take advantage of all of the operational and commercial benefits the aircraft offers. It has proven to be a highly cost efficient cargo aircraft that is extremely popular with customers, particularly in Europe and the U.S. For example, the IL-76TD-90VD can operate a direct flight from Europe to Kabul and it was also the only aircraft capable of delivering urgently-needed relief supplies from the USA and Canada to Haiti after the recent earthquake,” said Dennis Gliznoutsa, group commercial director (charters) for Volga-Dnepr.
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