Antonov and Volga-Dnepr Joint-Venture to end by the end of the year

Antonov announced that its An−124−100 joint venture, Ruslan International, formed together with Volga−Dnepr Airlines, will cease operations on December 31.

Volga-Dnepr Group has confirmed that its Ruslan International An-124-100 joint venture with Antonov Airlines is to end on 31 December 2016.

Throughout its decade−long existence, Ruslan International has consistently demonstrated a combined expertise in the outsize and heavyweight cargo market.

At the same time, Antonov introduced its Antonov Airlines team in the UK which will take the lead in the global sales and operations of this unique cargo aircraft.

Dreamlifts (trading as Antonov Airlines) is managed by an international group of well−known experts from the outsize and heavyweight cargo industry. With decades of experience between them, Antonov Company expects a seamless transition for its customers in the global supply chain and a continuation of its flexible and highly personal service.

In 2016 the aircraft manufacturer celebrates the 110th anniversary of the birth of Oleg Antonov, its founding father and leader in the design the An−124 Ruslan, the world’s largest production aircraft. The company, which proudly bears Antonov’s name, introduced the world to the commercial advantages of the An−124 Ruslan 27 years ago. Antonov currently operates a fleet of seven An−124s including the AN−124−100M−150 with a payload of up to 150 tonnes. It also operates the unique capability An−225 Mriya with a 250 tonne payload and the world’s largest turboprop, the An−22Antei.

SaysOleksandr Kotsiuba, President of Antonov Company:

“Our activities are supported by Antonov Company’s in−house design and development capabilities providing unrivalled expertise for the most challenging logistic projects. As the maintenance authority and life extension authority, we will continue to offer these proven and reliable airframes to the market for many years to come. We look forward to working with the experienced and exciting team in the UK, and can see a bright future going forward with our customers”.

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