Transaero Airlines launched cargo services with a Tupolev Tu-204-100C on the Moscow-Novosibirsk-Yakutsk route carrying 24 tons of general cargo.

Transaero representatives said the company is now developing a network for cargo aircraft that will include domestic and international destinations. The carrier has leased two ex-Aviastar Tu-204-100Cs, its first dedicated freighters, from Ilyushin Finance Co. The airline took delivery of the first freighter in the fourth quarter of 2012; it will receive the second aircraft in mid-May.

Transaero is the fourth biggest cargo carrier in Russia after AirBridgeCargo, Aeroflot and Volga-Dnepr. In 2012, it carried 65,874 tons, up 28.3% from the previous year. The airline’s passenger fleet consists of 96 aircraft, comprising 24 Boeing 747s, 14 777s, 15 767s, 40 737s and three Tu-214s.