Volga-Dnepr Airlines put its second next-generation Il-76TD-90VD freighter into operation last week, carrying a load of 32.5 tonnes from Gothenburg to Washington Dulles. The carrier will take delivery of three more, to be built by TAPO under an August order placed with MAK Ilyushin, in 2009-10. The first 50-tonne-capacity freighter joined the fleet in summer 2006 and has operated in Europe, the US, Australia and Japan, markets closed to older Il-76s because of noise restrictions. Separately, ...

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