Russia’s VIM Airlines carried 7,816 tonnes of cargo and 487 tonnes of post in the 2017 first half, tripled from the year-ago period, the airline said July 12.

From January-June, all Russian airlines carried a total of 528,793 tonnes of cargo and post, up 21% year-over-year (YOY).

VIM Airlines said the growth was the result of fleet expansion. Over the past year, the carrier added Airbus A330, Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft.

The Moscow Domodedovo-based airline, which started operations with mainly a 757 fleet, now operates A319s, A330s, Boeing 737s, 757s, 767s and 777s. From January-May, VIM carried 727,751 passengers, up 38.4% YOY.

In June, VIM joined IATA after having its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) renewed in May.

Polina Montag-Girmes