Atran Airlines links Xi'an with Moscow through new freighter route
April 17, 2019: Atran Airlines, the Russian air express carrier within Volga-Dnepr Group, has started new route linking Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, China with Moscow, Russia.
This new route has been launched to accommodate emerging cross-border e-commerce shipments between China and Russia.
The first flight was operated on board Atran's Boeing 737-400SF with further plans for Boeing 737-800BCF deployment to be able to guarantee up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight.
The company's first flight was operated in close cooperation and with the great support from the side of Russian Post.
"Embracing new destinations and leveraging emerging market of cross-border shipments have been on the radar of our business development. With global e-commerce growing at 20 percent per year and forecast for nearly 15 percent uptick of this sector in Russia within the next three-four years, the demand for high-quality air cargo service will be high. We are ready to guarantee it in close partnership with Russian Post and China Post," highlighted Dmitry Obsharov, general director of Atran Airlines.
"Being the part of "Belt and Road" initiative, this ancient capital of China will undergo developments which will facilitate its transformation into a multi-modal hub with emerging volumes going through the airport".
Atran Airlines has been focused on accommodating the evolving traffic of online purchases between China and Russia meeting the tightening timeframes of international delivery. Its recently expanded fleet, which was complemented by Boeing 737-400SF and Boeing 737-800BCF, will support the company's network expansion and guarantee maindeck capacity for its customers.