News Listings for Polet Airlines

  • Polet receives first of five ex-military An-124 freighters

    News | 03 Sep 2001 23:00

    <p>Russian outsize cargo carrier Polet Airlines has received the first of five ex-military Antonov An-124 Ruslan freighters following major overhaul and conversion to the civil An-124-100 standard by Aviastar. </p> <p>The ex-Russian air force aircraft had amassed 1,400h before being grounded and cannibalised. Polet has invested over $20 million to have Aviastar upgrade the aircraft at its plant in Ulyanovsk, including the purchase of four new ZMKBD-18T Series 3 engines. </p> <p>The modified aircraft has been brought up to the latest An-124-100 production standard and it complies with Chapter 3 noise regulations and North Atlantic reduced vertical separation minima requirements. </p> <p>A second ex-air force An-124 will be delivered to Polet in October and three more in 2002. Two of these will be An-124-100VS models which will be equipped to deploy the 100t launch vehicle being developed by the Air Launch Aerospace (ALAC) joint venture from the rear ramps. </p> <p>Polet, which has t
  • Funds wanted for An-124

    News | 30 Jul 2001 23:00

    <p>Vladimir Karnozov / Moscow </p> <p>Volga-Dnepr discusses financing for new-build Ruslan cargo aircraft with World Bank </p> <p>Russian airline Volga-Dnepr is in talks with an arm of the World Bank to fund the completion of new Antonov An-124 Ruslans. </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=5857' /></p> <p>Production of the giant An-124 freighter was revived last year at Aviastar's Ulyanovsk plant after a five year hiatus. The first of a new production batch of three An-124-100s was delivered to Volga-Dnepr last August. The Ulyanovsk-based outsize cargo carrier is talking to the World Bank's International Finance Corp (IFC) about funding for the completion of additional An-124s and to upgrade its nine in-service aircraft. </p> <p>Volga-Dnepr says results of the talks are due by year-end. The airline secured a credit line from Sberbank, Russia's largest bank, to fund last year's delivery, as well as the retrofit of older airframes with additional acoustic linings for noi