Acquiline adds three B747s from defunct airline TransAero, one B777-200ER to its fleet

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UAE-based charter operator Acquiline International (Acquiline) has acquired three aircraft from Russia’s defunct airline TransAero. Apart from the three Boeing 747-400 from TransAero, it has also acquired a Boeing 777-200ER. All four aircraft are currently in passenger configuration.

The entire process of acquisition of the aircraft took Acquiline more than three years. After a failed attempt in 2017 when the owner delayed delivery of the aircraft by over six months, considerable amount of time and opportunities were lost. However, Acquiline’s CEO Roman Trandafiloff believes that the demand for this aircraft will return as most of the airlines retire the fleet mostly due to pandemic, he wrote in a LinkedIn post.

Aquiline operates, leases and charters own fleet of aircraft on ACMI, damp lease and dry lease. Its current fleet consists of a Boeing 747-400F and two Boeing 747-400BCF for ACMI lease and ad hoc charters; three freighter aircraft Boeing 737-300QC, which are now operated on dry lease to Vision Air International in Pakistan; three passenger aircraft Boeing 737-300 and two Boeing 747-200F operated by TCA Airlines and GEO Sky. It also owns and operates four Antonov An-32 aircraft for DHL Aviation and French MoD.

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